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February 7, 2014
About Us » Press Releases » Charlotte Pipe's FlowGuard Gold Lead Free Brass Fittings Meet Federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act

CHARLOTTE, NC – February 7, 2014 – Charlotte Pipe’s lead-free brass fittings are compliant with the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, which took effect January 4, 2014.

In fact, as of January 2, 2012 all of Charlotte Pipe’s CTS CPVC FlowGuard Gold Brass Fittings sold in the USA have complied with this lead-free regulation. By transitioning all of our FlowGuard Gold Brass fittings two years before the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act became effective, our customers did not need to manage multiple inventories of Charlotte Pipe fittings or consider inventory transitions throughout 2013.

Charlotte Pipe’s no lead brass fittings also comply with ANSI/NSF Standard 61 and ANSI/NSF 372. Our fittings meet ANSI/NSF 14 sections 5.8.1 (Dezincification resistance) and 5.8.2 (Stress Corrosion resistance) which establish limits for acceptable stress corrosion cracking and dezincification.

In this video our Director of Product Knowledge Training talks more about our lead free brass fittings.

Other Things To Know:

  • The term "lead free" as it relates to any pipe, pipe or plumbing fitting, or fixture intended to convey or dispense water for drinking or cooking. For these products, "lead free" means not more than a weighted average lead content of 0.25 percent. We don’t rely on the weighted average lead content calculation to be “lead free” compliant. The total lead content of our raw Low Lead material is less than 0.2%. No matter how many of our Low Lead fittings are used in a system, the total lead content is less than 0.2%.
  • We use brass that is resistant to dezincification. Studies show that even trace amounts of Chlorine or Ammonia can cause dezincification to occur in plumbing brass. Chlorine or chlorine mixed with ammonia (chloramine) is used to disinfect potable water systems. The chemical composition of our raw material makes our fittings less susceptible to dezincification in these systems.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry is the only manufacturer that offers a system of ABS, PVC, CPVC, cast iron, FlowGuard Gold®, and ChemDrain® pipe and fittings for residential and commercial plumbing systems and industrial applications. The nation's leading maker of cast iron and plastic pipe and fittings, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry offers the industry's broadest product offering of standard and specialty DWV products.

Charlotte Pipe is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and has seven plant locations across the United States. Combining modern technology with a century of craftsmanship and experience, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has a proud legacy of commitment to the industry and its customers. The company is guided by the philosophy of its founder – produce the best possible product and provide the best possible service for the customer.

Visit our website at www.charlottepipe.com or call 800-438-6091for more information.


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