Lead Safe & Lead Free
Galvin Engineering is committed to providing Water Solutions for a Healthier Environment with our new range of tapware incorporating GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ Technology.
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 Lead Safe™
What is Lead Safe™?
As ‘lead free’ is not currently defined by law or plumbing codes in Australia and New Zealand, we have 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. The SDWA defines ‘lead free’ 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™ Technology
Why did we develop GalvinClear® Lead Safe™?
Whilst our traditional commercial taps are manufactured from quality DZR brass, meet strict Australian Standards, and are totally safe for potable water, we are offering our customers a greater level of choice due to the demand for Lead Safe™ taps in the community.
Are GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ products approved in Australia and New Zealand?
Like with our traditional taps, our GalvinClear® Lead Safe™ taps 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.
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 - Lead Free
- Approved to 4MS
- Ideal for external environments like schools and parks, and for the corrosive salty conditions found near beaches.
- Used in drinking bubblers.
DZR Brass with ≤ 0.25% lead - Lead Safe™
- Approved to 4MS
- Ideal for applications using warm water systems such as in large health or custodial facilities.
- Used in thermostatic mixing valves, thermostatic progressive mixing taps, drinking bubblers and pushbutton taps.