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CIPH reports on status of low lead requirements


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September 6, 2012

In Canada there is currently no published standard guiding manufacturers on how to certify plumbing fittings to a low lead requirement. However, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) reports that at the recent annual meeting of Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (CACP), a new version of ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 standards for plumbing fittings, which includes NSF 372 low-lead requirements is expected to be published in late fall 2012. The standard states that, fittings intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking shall not contain a weighted average lead content in excess of 0.25 per cent when evaluated in accordance with the test method in NSF/ANSI 372.