NCC 2022 Vol. 3 (PCA), Clause A5G4(2) ‘lead free requirements’ compliant Lead Safe™ tapware

We are pleased to see that the Australian plumbing industry is officially moving towards low lead materials for products intended for use in contact with drinking water (read more here and below under Resources). At Galvin Engineering we have anticipated and actively supported this move since 2017. We are very passionate about this change and excited about the positive impact it will have on the health of our customers and the entire community.

Having adopted lead free and low lead products early on we are all set-up and already offer an extensive range of NCC 2022 Vol. 3 (PCA), Clause A5G4(2) and NSF/ANSI 372 compliant Lead Safe™ tapware for drinking and handwashing solutions in education, healthcare and public areas.

GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ product range has been redesigned and re-engineered to provide safer water delivery by utilising specialist materials such as stainless steel or plastic materials that are free of lead, and DZR brass that is low in lead. This change in materials and the development of new manufacturing techniques provide enhanced water outcomes for the end-user, and the continued reliability you expect from a Galvin Engineering tapware product.

The range of products utilising GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ Technology will continue to maintain similar styles, aesthetics, and dimensions where possible and will allow for the easy exchange or upgrade of existing products.

 


 

Look out for the GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ logo to ensure your tapware is low in lead or entirely lead free
 

What is Lead Safe™?

We based our definition of Lead Safe™ on the requirements of s1417 of the USA’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and the relevant US standards NSF61 / NSF372, which has now also been adopted by the ABCB for NCC 2022 Vol. 3 (PCA), Clause A5G4(2). ‘Lead free’ is defined as “not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surface of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures”.

One of the ways we do this is by reducing exposure to harmful chemicals such as lead and arsenic within the raw materials used to manufacture our tapware. GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ Technology also employs manufacturing and engineering techniques that reduce the amount of contact potable (drinking) water has with the chemicals commonly found in most available plumbing products and materials.

GalvinClear Lead Safe Logo

Why did we develop GalvinClear® Lead Safe™?

Following our passion to provide water solutions for a healthier environment and listening to the demand for low lead and lead free taps in the community, we wanted to offer our customers a greater level of choice. Adopting Lead Safe™ products early on we were first to market in 2018.

Are GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ products approved in Australia and New Zealand?

While not all of our GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ taps have yet been independently tested and listed on our NSF 372 Type Test Certificate they do, however, comply with the requirements of the NSF/ANSI 372 standard and NCC 2022 Vol. 3 (PCA), Clause A5G4(2) and are tested to ‘AS/NZS 4020 – Testing of products for use in contact with drinking water’, prior to obtaining WaterMark certification. In addition, our products go through very thorough in-house testing in the Galvin Engineering Test Laboratory and rigorous infield testing, to ensure they perform at the highest standards as required in commercial applications.

 



The GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ Technology
 

What are GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ products made of?

GalvinClear® products are Lead Safe™ as per the above definition, and are made from the material we believe is most suitable for the commercial applications they are most used in. GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ products are designed to minimise the volume of water that physically touches a metallic surface, via the use of other materials like approved plastics or polymers. In addition, all metallic materials used are listed on the European Standard ‘4MS Common Approach’, which ensures they met the strict German Drinking Water Guidelines. Depending on the commercial application, we are currently using several metallic materials:

316 Stainless Steel with 0% lead

DZR Brass with ≤ 0.25% lead

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Resources

 

 

See our previous news stories:

Architecture & Design: Sustainability Award Winners Issue
 

Lead in Drinking Water: The Fight is On 
 

Australia's First Lead-Free Push-Button Drinking Tap
  

GalvinClear Ezy-Drink Drinking Bubbler a Standout at Bramston Park