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Old 05-03-2014, 10:02 AM
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Lead free backflows?

I just priced a 1" RP and all they had were lead free which was $500. The previous version was about half. Does anyone know if they all will be required to be lead free at some point? This was at a plumbing and not an irrigation store.
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Old 05-03-2014, 10:42 AM
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Shop around. You will pay more. Be careful of online bargains that will be for the old lead-containing brass items.

The point of lead-free requirements are already upon us, by way of federal law.

However, the old inventories can be used on existing system plumbing.
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:07 AM
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We just switched to all lead free brass from new codes this year. I think you will have to check with your local codes

I ve been using up all the old stuff
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:10 AM
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Shop around. You will pay more. Be careful of online bargains that will be for the old lead-containing brass items.

The point of lead-free requirements are already upon us, by way of federal law.

However, the old inventories can be used on existing system plumbing.
Yes, but the million dollar question is, are the requirements for potable water use (direct human use/consumption) only, or for all uses. For example, what would be the point in putting a lead free RPZA on any non-potable use (irrigation), or say, on non-potable water sources (grey water)?
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Old 05-03-2014, 11:44 AM
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Never had a grey-water application. Don't even know if codes are written for them.

I just hope the new alloys don't have any of the problems (like de-zincification) some of the cheap yellow brass fittings have had.
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Old 05-03-2014, 12:12 PM
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Never had a grey-water application. Don't even know if codes are written for them.
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Old 05-03-2014, 01:52 PM
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No grey water up here. Just tasty potable water. And since plumbing codes are a subset of building codes, there isn't any grey-water piping in any occupied building around here to connect to.
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