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Lead-free leaders Sponsored by Watts Water Technologies Leonard Valve adds new generation mixing valve


CRANSTON, R.I. — Leonard Valve Company has added its first New Generation Thermostatic water mixing valve to its line of ECO- MIX™valves. The TM-2020B-LF ECO-MIX thermostatic mixing valve meets California’s AB1953 and Vermont's S.0152 lead-free plumbing laws. It's also certified by ASSE as compliant with the lead- free requirements and is listed to the stringent ASSE 1017 performance standard. Ideal for use in any commercial,


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institutional or industrial applications, Leonard’s New Generation High Low System delivers precisely mixed water temperature from extremely low flows of 1.0 GPM (3.7 lpm) to high flow requirements. The dual valve arrangement also helps eliminate maintenance downtime required with single valve systems. The TM-2020B-LF ASSE 1017-


BATON ROUGE, LA.— The governor of the state known for cajuns, crawfish and jazz music signed House Bill No. 471 mandating the use of lead free plumbing for fittings delivering potable water for human consumption. Bobby Jindal, Louisiana’s chief executive, signed the bill in late June, a mere week after it landed on his desk. The new law becomes effective January 1, 2013, a full year prior to our national law’s effective date. Louisiana follows California (2010), Vermont (2010) and Maryland (2012) in the


“get the lead out” crusade. “Lead free” is defined as no more than .25% lead content based on the weighted average of wetted surfaces.


History


• 04-25-11— Read & referred to Committee Natural Resources & Environment


• 06-6-11 — Passed House and ordered to the Senate • 06-7-11 — Referred to Senate Committee on Environmental Quality • 06-19-11— Passed Senate and sent to House without amendments • 06-22-11— Sent to the Governor for executive approval • 06-29-11— Signed by the Governor. Becomes Act No. 362 / effective date: Jan. 1, 2013.


compliant thermostatic valve features an adjustable high temperature limit stop, inlet checkstops, wall support and an outlet ball valve. Its bronze body features locking


temperature regulators that have a limit stop, set at 120°F (49°C), which can be reset by the installer, to prevent excessive handle rotation. In addition to this product,


Leonard has a line-up of ECO-MIX products that are either ASSE 1017 or 1070-listed. Leonard’s valve models give


plumbing engineers “integrated control” for water tempering design and installation needs, and offer efficient response time to temperature and pressure fluctuations, ensuring optimal temperature control and performance. These valves provide accurately mixed water from


Louisiana passes national lead free law Louisiana House Bill HB.471


(2011) prohibits the use, installation or repair, introduction into commerce, or selling pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, or flux that is not


“lead free” when used for conveying water for human consumption. Proposed law provides for the


following exclusions: Pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures, including backflow preventers, that are used exclusively for nonpotable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption. Toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower


extremely low flows of 0.5 GPM (1.9 lpm) to high flow requirements.


valves, showers, safety shower flushes, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger. Materials purchased or acquired by public water systems prior to July 1, 2013.


Summary of amendments adopted by House – 5-25-11 Committee amendments proposed


by House Committee on natural resources and environment to the original bill. 1. Added toilets, bidets, urinals, fill


valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, showers, safety shower flushes to the exclusions of proposed law. 2. Added materials purchased or


acquired by public water systems prior to July 1, 2013 to the exclusions of proposed law. 3. Removed the definition of “lead


free” for purposes other than human consumption. 4. Limited the enforcement of


proposed law prohibiting placing certain items into commerce to instances of notification to the state health officer. For more information on lead free initiatives, www.weareleadfree.net.


phc december 2011 www.phcnews.com


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