Backflow Preventer Lead, Low Lead Backflow
On January 5, 2011, the 112th Congress of the United States amended the safe Drinking Water Act (SB-3874), adding the requirement that the federal definition of “lead free” in backflow preventers matches that of California and Vermont, being less than or equal to 0.25%. Essentially since the Bronze Age, lead has been added to bronze to make it a more usable alloy. The specific properties of lead allow for bronze to be more easily shaped and less brittle than without it. 20th Century backflow preventers often contained up to 8% lead, more than 30 times the new allowable limit. Nationwide, new laws are being passed requiring a lower percentage of lead present in backflow preventers. If you haven’t received a notice already, chances are you soon will, and you’ll be required to replace your equipment with a low-lead or no-lead solution. Keep in mind that not all backflow preventers are created equal. Whatever your replacement may be, ensure it is approved by The Foundation for Cross Connection Control & Hydraulic Research at the Engineering School of the University of Southern California, the internationally recognized authority in this area. Seeing this change coming “down the pipe,” A.R.I. has created 2 series of backflow preventers which use a nylon composite body. This innovative device is not only compliant with the new regulations, it goes beyond them by being 100% lead free! Further, as it doesn’t contain any of the brass or copper targeted by thieves, they have no reason to steal your investment. To learn more about both the RP-500 (reduced pressure lead free backflow preventer), and the DC-500 (double check lead free backflow preventer) make your selection below for full details, specs and pricing.