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California Energy Commission Efficiency Requirements Include Filtration Faucets

Amazon has started banning the sale of filtration faucets that do not meet the California Energy Commission's (CEC) efficiency requirements.

In California, certain products – such as faucets used with undersink filters or undersink RO systems typically installed in the kitchens – must meet minimum efficiency requirements determined by the CEC. The CEC considers filtration faucets as kitchen faucets, which are included in California Code of Regulations, § 1605.3. State Standards for Non-Federally-Regulated Appliances, (h) Plumbing Fittings, (3) Kitchen Faucets and Aerators and Public Lavatory Faucets and Aerators. These types of faucet are required to comply with the maximum flow rate requirement of 1.8 gpm at 60 psi flowing pressure.

Although non-compliant products may be sold on Amazon, products that do not meet the CEC's minimum efficiency requirements cannot be sold into the state of California.

Products must be registered with the CEC and listed on the Appliance Efficiency Database.

IAPMO R&T can help your water filtration products comply with CEC efficiency requirements and get them listed on the Appliance Efficiency Database.

To send products to IAPMO R&T Lab for testing and CEC registration, give us a call at (708) 995-3018 to begin the process.

Visit Us at Aquatech China Next Week!
IAPMO R&T – Water Systems will be at Booth #606 in Hall 1.2, Aug. 31 - Sept. 2, at Aquatech China, held at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Come visit us to discuss our your testing and certification needs!
IAPMO, ASTM International Sign MOC for Asia-Based Standards
This week global standards organizations ASTM International and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) signed a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) to promote collaboration in initiatives that advance public health and safety. The MOC relates directly to water sanitation and hygiene in Indonesia, the Philippines, and other selected member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). ASTM International President Katharine Morgan signed the document with IAPMO CEO GP Russ Chaney. Collaboratively advancing the incorporation of IAPMO model codes and ASTM International standards cited in the IAPMO codes in the national technical regulations and related codes of Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as other member nations of ASEAN.

Cities Halting Infrastructure Investments

More than 700 U.S. cities have halted plans to improve local roadways, buy new equipment and complete a wide array of upgrades to water systems and other critical infrastructure, as government officials slash spending ...

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its final regulation on the “Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water,” which will directly affect water treatment products, including point-of-entry and point-of-use water treatment products and components, and plumbed in devices such as drinking water coolers. The rule’s goal is to reduce lead in drinking water and assure that states, manufacturers, inspectors and consumers have a common understanding of “lead-free."

The final rule requires manufacturers with 10 or more employees to obtain third-party certification by an ANSI-accredited certification body in order to demonstrate, with some exceptions, that any product intended for providing water for human consumption meets the EPA’s definition of “lead free.” Certification is mandatory for new products.

EPA recognizes NSF/ANSI Standard 372 lead-free certification for products intended for providing water for human consumption. NSF/ANSI 372, Drinking Water System Components – Lead Content, establishes a standardized methodology for the determination and verification of product compliance to minimize lead contaminants.

Any product sold for installation, or use, in a new system where water passing through the device may be consumed must comply with this final rule. Existing products will have three years after the publication of the rule to be evaluated and certified using the NSF/ ANSI 372 lead content methodology; new products must be certified when introduced into commerce.

As an ANSI-accredited certification body, IAPMO R&T can evaluate products per NSF/ANSI Standard 372 and provide nationally recognized certification. With successful completion of that evaluation and certification, manufacturers will be authorized to use IAPMO certification marks to prove that they meet RLDWA.

To view a helpful flyer explaining the new rule, click HERE or the button below.

To read the rule in its entirety and learn more about it, direct your web browser to the following URLs:

Filtered Media is a free newsletter published by IAPMO R&T Water Systems. Its mission is to keep manufacturers of water quality products informed about the latest updates in the industry, including new contaminants, regulatory items, updates to codes and standards, requirements from individual sellers, and other pertinent industry information.