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Technical Update: Canada makes low-lead plumbing fixtures standard

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association have issued a reminder that new low-lead standards apply to plumbing fixtures used for potable water intended for human...

June 4, 2013   Canadian Consulting Engineer

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association have issued a reminder that new low-lead standards apply to plumbing fixtures used for potable water intended for human consumption.

The association writes: “The new regulation significantly reduces the current allowable level of lead content from that content which complies with the industry standard (NSF 61) or 8% dependent on product, down to no more than a weighted average lead content of 0.25% on wetted surfaces when evaluated for pipes, valves, pipe fittings, and plumbing fittings, anticipated to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking.”

The updated CSA standards reflect changes introduced in the U.S., which become law there on January 4, 2014 under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

The new versions of ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 standards for plumbing fittings specify the test method in NSF 372 for the low-lead evaluation requirements.

New low-lead standards are also likely to be introduced in 2013 for backflow valves (CSA B64 series), pressure pipes (CSA B137), drinking water treatment (CSA B483), flexible connectors (ASME A112.18.6/CSA B125.6) and other products throughout 2013.

CIPH has contacted Canadian Certification Bodies and they have indicated they will be using the same December 31, 2013 implementation date as CSA for certification of the new standards.

CIPH has recommended that wholesalers and distributors should ensure their products are in compliance by January 4, 2014.

To see the original February 2013 notice from CIPH, click here.


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