Dec 01, 2009

Harvel Piping Products Meet New California Lead-Free Code for Drinking Water Systems

Company receives certification by NSF Intl.

Harvel Plastics, Inc., has received certification by NSF Intl. as being in compliance with new "lead-free" standards regarding drinking water plumbing components. The new standards will be adopted Jan. 1, 2010, in California.

Known as AB 1953, the new California law mandates that any pipe, pipe fittings and plumbing fittings and fixtures used to convey or dispense water for human consumption have no more than 0.25% lead in wetted surfaces as determined by a weighted average. Furthermore, the law requires certification by an independent American National Standards Institute accredited third party, such as NSF Intl. The California Department of Public Health is developing standards for building officials to implement and enforce compliance with the new regulation. Vermont also is adopting similar "lead-free" standards as of the beginning of the year.

"These laws are the most stringent mandates on lead content levels in the country,” said Bill Weaver, Harvel's director of technical services. “Harvel is proud to be one of the first PVC and CPVC pipe manufacturers to meet these requirements that affect the drinking water supply to more than 12% of the total U.S. population. With a manufacturing plant in Bakersfield, Calif., we're particularly aware and sensitive to California's laws and ensure we're always in strict compliance."

NSF Intl. has validated that all sizes of the following Harvel piping products do not contain lead and are in compliance with California's and Vermont's new laws:
• Harvel Schedule 40 and Schedule 80 Industrial CPVC Pipe;
• Harvel HydroKing CTS Hot Cold Water CPVC Plumbing Pipe;
• Harvel HydroKing Commercial IPS Plumbing Pipe;
• Harvel FlowGuard Gold CTS Hot Cold Water CPVC Plumbing Pipe;
• Harvel BlazeMaster CPVC Fire Sprinkler Pipe;
• Harvel Schedule 40, Schedule 80, Schedule 120 and SDR Series PVC Pipe; and
• Harvel Clear Piping.