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Sensus has created a new standard in the industry with zero-lead, composite water meters, additions to its AquaSense smart water solution that they say meet all guidelines and are stronger and more durable than traditional bronze meters.
Sensus explains that it launched composite meters in Europe in 2005 and then established itself as a leader in addressing lead-related concerns in the US by introducing the zero-lead iPERL and accuSTREAM residential meters in 2010.
They say pending Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act reduces the lead limit from 8 percent to 0.25 percent for wetted surfaces of pipe, pipe fittings and plumbing fittings and fixtures and to 0.2 percent for solder and flux. Regulations go into effect on January 4, 2014.
“Composites are just another way that Sensus is helping utilities employ innovative technologies to create smart water networks,” said Doug McCall, Director of Marketing at Sensus. “Composite meters are not only a zero-lead choice, but they are more energy efficient to manufacture and ship compared to bronze alternatives.”
According to Sensus, the composite alloys are made from a blend of plastic and fiberglass and have greatly surpassed all durability and strength standards and resist corrosion from chemicals used to make water drinkable. In addition to improving the strength characteristics of products, composite materials are not susceptible to fluctuating copper prices.
“At Sensus, we believe everyone deserves access to safe, clean water and we continually develop and deliver products that meet the highest standards for quality, reliability and accuracy to ensure accessibility toand conservation of this most critical resource,” said McCall. “Technologies like composite meters also help water utilities meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing dependability.”
Composite metrology products from Sensus comply with and exceed the requirements set by The Safe Drinking Water Act and NSF 61 /ANSI Standard 61 Annex F and G by containing zero lead. These meters also comply with the EPA’s ultimate contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water, which is set at zero. By using alternative materials that contain zero lead, Sensus and its customers will continue to be in compliance with all future changes to the NSF standards and government laws regarding lead.
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