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Lead free backflows?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by ArTurf, May 3, 2014.

  1. ArTurf

    ArTurf LawnSite Gold Member
    Male, from Ark
    Posts: 3,327

    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.
     
  2. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,429

    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.
     
  3. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,758

    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
     
  4. Kiril

    Kiril LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 18,298

    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)?
     
  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,429

    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.
     
  6. 1idejim

    1idejim LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,810

    May 3, 2014. A day that will live in infamy.
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  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,429

    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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