FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2009
Contact: Greta Houlahan
Phone: (734) 913-5723
Certification of California Metal–X Casting Ingot to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 Demonstrates Compliance with California Lead Laws
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – NSF International today announced that California Metal-X (CMX) is the first brass ingot manufacturer to receive certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 (NSF 61) – Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects by NSF International. Brass ingots are materials that are cast into a shape suitable for further processing, such as for plumbing product components. Certification to this American National Standard for public water supply products is required by the California Waterworks Standards. The certification also includes Annex G, which meets the requirements of the California Health and Safety Code 116875 requirements for lead content (commonly known as AB 1953).
NSF/ANSI Standard 61 addresses health effects of materials, components and products that contact drinking water. Currently, virtually all U.S. States require public water supply products to comply with NSF 61, and most plumbing codes across the country also require pipes, faucets and other products to meet the American National Standard.
The California Health and Safety Code will require most plumbing products sold after January 1, 2010, to be certified for an average weighted lead content of < 0.25%. The new lead requirement applies to manufacturers of faucets, valves, water fittings, and other products that come in contact with drinking water. Certification of products to NSF 61, Annex G demonstrates compliance with this low lead requirement.
“Certification of the CMX metal combination to NSF 61, Annex G provides a solution to manufacturers whose water supply and plumbing products must comply with the new California law for lead content,” said Dave Purkiss, General Manager for NSF’s Water Treatment and Distribution program. “By using a brass alloy that is certified to NSF 61, Annex G, product manufacturers can be assured the material has been tested for lead content and for other contaminants that might leach into drinking water.”
Products made from an NSF Certified alloy also require separate testing and certification to NSF 61, Annex G to ensure contamination does not occur in the processing of the alloy, as well as testing of other materials in the products that may contribute contaminants. CMX successfully met all of these requirements and is listed on NSF International’s Web site to demonstrate compliance. The NSF 61 Annex G Certification Mark on water supply and plumbing products demonstrates compliance to the <0.25% low lead requirement in California and Vermont.
“We are excited about NSF/ANSI Standard 61 certification of Alloy C87850, Eco Brass,” said CMX President Tim Strelitz. “It represents a no lead alloy, which is cost effective, green and complies with all potable water health issues as raised by AB 1953.”
For more information on CMX’s certification or NSF Standard 61 and Annex G, please contact Dave Purkiss at email@example.com or 734-827-6855. More information about California Metal-X is available at http://www.cmxmetals.com.
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About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Water and Food Safety and Indoor Environment. Since NSF/ANSI Standard 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects was developed in 1989, NSF International has been dedicated to protecting the public and educating consumers on contaminants, such as lead in drinking water products. Additional NSF services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.