Water Quality

Copper to replace Flint’s lead and lead-tainted galvanized iron service lines Mayor Karen Weaver and FAST Start Coordinator Michael C. McDaniel told hundreds of participants attending the Flint Water Infrastructure Summit this week that copper pipe will be used to replace the City of Flint’s entire lead and lead-tainted galvanized iron service lines. “We chose Read More

Copper to replace Flint’s lead and lead-tainted galvanized iron service lines

Mayor Karen Weaver and FAST Start Coordinator Michael C. McDaniel told hundreds of participants attending the Flint Water Infrastructure Summit this week that copper pipe will be used to replace the City of Flint’s entire lead and lead-tainted galvanized iron service lines.

“We chose copper because the residents of Flint deserve a high quality engineered material that has a history of safely conveying drinking water,” Weaver said. “With copper, we know we’re getting a long-term solution.”

McDaniel said that the decision was made after a number of factors were considered, especially the longevity of the piping and the lifetime cost of the product.

“This was a very important decision that will affect many generations to come,” McDaniel said. “My team and I conducted months of research and engaged in conversation with piping experts regarding the ideal lead replacement material for superior performance.”

The City concluded that copper was the best material for the replacement pipes because it’s durable, reliable and long-lasting. Copper piping is also impermeable, so outside chemicals such as petroleum products spilled on nearby streets or insecticides and fertilizers spread on yards can’t contaminate the water system.

Following the City’s determination, the copper industry banded together to help Flint acquire nearly 200,000 feet of copper piping, at a savings of approximately $1 million to the City, for the next phase of the FAST Start program, due to start in April.

“The copper industry will continue to provide technical guidance and educational resources wherever needed to ensure that copper piping is designed, installed and operated properly every step of the way,” said Andrew G. Kireta, Jr. of the Copper Development Association (CDA). “We are committed to helping America rebuild its aging water infrastructure.”

CDA exhibited at the Flint Water Infrastructure Summit and was selected as a speaker for the Water Infrastructure 101 Workshop. Kireta gave two, 20-minute presentations on “Why Copper is the Right Choice” for lead service line replacements and hosted an open forum to interact with attendees on questions related to this topic.

For more information about copper piping, visit www.copperservicelines.org.

Today’s high-efficiency hydronic heating systems rely on optimal water quality to maintain peak performance. Iron oxide sludge, also called magnetite, can destroy water quality and, in turn, affect total system health. This black sludge is an unavoidable result of oxidation inside untreated hydronic systems, and it can cause loss of system efficiency and expensive damage Read More

Today’s high-efficiency hydronic heating systems rely on optimal water quality to maintain peak performance. Iron oxide sludge, also called magnetite, can destroy water quality and, in turn, affect total system health. This black sludge is an unavoidable result of oxidation inside untreated hydronic systems, and it can cause loss of system efficiency and expensive damage. According to Dr. Neil Watson, ADEY® Global Technical Director, “Nearly 70 percent of circulator pumps returned to pump manufacturers fail due to iron oxide and other water quality issues. Data also show that over 95 percent of debris in hydronic heating systems is made up of iron oxide.”

ADEY, a U.K.-based company launched in 2003, is introducing MagnaClean Micro2 to the North American market to protect total system health. It features a unique, patented magnetic filtration system that, within minutes of installation, begins to capture and remove virtually all of the suspended iron oxide that collects in hydronic heating systems, restoring optimal water quality. MagnaClean Micro2 is specifically designed for smaller installations, making it ideal for tight spaces.

Designed for ¾-inch copper and ¾-inch NPT iron pipework, the MagnaClean Micro2 is suited for baseboard and smaller residential installations. The compact unit is easily fitted on the return pipe to the boiler/circulator via rapid-fit connectors. It can be installed in minutes and serviced even faster, due to the unit’s quick-release trigger, low-profile drain valve, and built-in air vent.

As contractors become all too familiar with the damaging effects of iron oxide sludge on today’s high-efficiency commercial hydronic heating and cooling installations, the need for a solution has been growing. ADEY® Professional Heating Solutions is answering that need with the introduction of the MagnaClean Commercial™ Magnetic Filter range to the North American market. MagnaClean Read More

As contractors become all too familiar with the damaging effects of iron oxide sludge on today’s high-efficiency commercial hydronic heating and cooling installations, the need for a solution has been growing. ADEY® Professional Heating Solutions is answering that need with the introduction of the MagnaClean Commercial™ Magnetic Filter range to the North American market.

MagnaClean Commercial’s unique, patented magnetic filtration system starts to work immediately upon installation, removing virtually all of the suspended iron oxide that collects in hydronic heating systems. “The removal of iron oxide is facilitated simply by the flow of water through a central magnetic core, which is populated by a series of magnetic rods inside the canister,” says Dr. Neil Watson, ADEY Global Technical Director.

By removing sludge from the system, MagnaClean Commercial restores peak performance and decreases maintenance costs over the life of the system. It also offers a solution for the most common complaints in commercial hydronic systems, including poor system circulation, blocked system pipes and radiators, and excessive system noise.

 

North Star Water Treatment Systems, a preferred water treatment systems provider to professional contractors through plumbing wholesale, launched a major brand overhaul this week. The effort was initiated to completely update the brand’s image and logo in order to better reflect its industry leading technology and expanding product offering. The company has been known as Read More

North Star Water Treatment Systems, a preferred water treatment systems provider to professional contractors through plumbing wholesale, launched a major brand overhaul this week. The effort was initiated to completely update the brand’s image and logo in order to better reflect its industry leading technology and expanding product offering. The company has been known as North Star Water Conditioning since its inception in 1992.

“We felt it was high time for our brand to better convey our modern technology and broader product portfolio,” comments Dave Duren, director of sales and marketing for North Star Water Treatment Systems. “Our old branding was too limiting and didn’t properly reflect the advanced technologies built into our products. And while plumbers and wholesalers have enjoyed our point-of-entry water softeners for many years, they haven’t always been aware that we also offer a dramatically expanding line of drinking water filtration and other products.”

 

The company plans to launch more than 50 new SKUs during the first six months of the year, including new POU filtration products, in-line whole home filtration and a new commercial water softener line, among others. The products will launch in phases beginning in February. “The plumbing channel has always loved our cutting-edge products and asked us to develop a broader line. We are answering their request in a major way,” Duren explains.

Wholesalers, contractors and consumers will see the new branding replace the older logos and images throughout the next few months. “We’re upgrading our product packaging, marketing collateral, website, you name it,” says Duren. “We want everyone to know us as North Star Water Treatment Systems and recognize our longevity and reliability.”

Located in Woodbury, Minnesota, North Star Water Treatment Systems is the professionals’ choice for water treatment and is distributed exclusively through plumbing wholesale. A member of the Marmon Water family and part of Berkshire Hathaway, the company has been manufacturing water treatment products since 1925. Marmon Water is the largest manufacturer of water treatment systems in the world.

The Solution to a Major Problem Lurking in Hydronic Heating Systems As the popularity of high-performance circulators and boilers increases, the very characteristics that are responsible for that increased level of performance are bringing a new problem to the forefront: iron oxide sludge, also called magnetite. This black sludge, an unavoidable result of oxidation inside untreated Read More

The Solution to a Major Problem Lurking in Hydronic Heating Systems

As the popularity of high-performance circulators and boilers increases, the very characteristics that are responsible for that increased level of performance are bringing a new problem to the forefront: iron oxide sludge, also called magnetite. This black sludge, an unavoidable result of oxidation inside untreated hydronic systems, is wreaking havoc in the form of expensive breakdowns and repairs.

To combat the problem, ADEY, a U.K.-based company launched in 2003, is bringing its proven solution to North America. ADEY’s MagnaClean Professional2™ features a unique, patented magnetic and non-magnetic filtration system that, within minutes of installation, begins to capture and remove virtually all of the suspended iron oxide that collects in hydronic heating systems.

Designed for ¾-inch copper and 1-inch NPT iron pipework, the MagnaClean Professional2 is ideal for residential applications. The MagnaClean Professional2 is a compact unit that is easily fitted on the return pipe to the boiler/circulator, via rapid-fit connectors. It can be installed in minutes, and can be serviced even faster, due to the unit’s quick-release trigger, low-profile drain valve, and built-in air vent.

By removing magnetic and non-magnetic debris, MagnaClean Professional2 not only extends the operational life of the hydronic system, but also offers benefits that save money and time for installers and homeowners.