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New flowmeter minimizes lead exposure
Flows.com, an online distributor of flow meters, is assists customers transitioning to no-lead water supply with its new WM-LF Series lead-free bronze multi-jet cold water flowmeter.
Most people take their water supply for granted and assume that the water coming from their faucets is safe. Yet many state health departments warn residents to let the water run and get the lead out before drinking, and to use only cold water for drinking or cooking to minimize lead exposure. Lead in water can be a special problem for infants whose diets may be a mixture of baby formula powder and water. Lead can appear in water from corrosion of materials containing lead in household plumbing.
Several states have recently adopted stricter regulations regarding pipes, valves, fittings and plumbing fixtures used in potable water to minimize lead exposure, including California, Vermont, Maryland and Louisiana. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act establishing new federal standards goes into effect on Jan. 4, 2014.
These regulations reduce the allowable lead content of wetted surfaces for all plumbing that supplies the water. No longer will plumbers be permitted to install leaded components for potable water systems, with a few exceptions.
The WM-LF lead-free bronze water meters have proven to work accurately under a wide flow range and can tolerate low-quality water. Its NPT male connection makes it easy to fit into standard ½-, ¾-, and 2-in. piping.
The meter is used in residential and commercial systems for metering and sub-metering. It is also used in industrial food and beverage, plant process water, cement mixers, and pond water feed lines.