Water utilities making move to composite meters

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Water utilities are increasingly selecting composite meters pending provisions to the Safe Water Drinking Act, which will take effect in 2014. The assertion comes from Sensus and is based on research of its sales data.

"After more than 100 years of shipping bronze meters, we recognize this shift toward composite meters as a clear commitment by our water utility customers to install meters that are strong, durable and contain zero lead," said Doug McCall, director of marketing for Sensus.

Composite alloys are made from a blend of plastic and fiberglass and have surpassed durability and strength standards and resist corrosion from chemicals used to make water drinkable.

New legislation reduces the amount of lead allowable in water distribution system products from 8 percent to no more than 0.25 percent for wetted surfaces of pipe, pipe fittings and plumbing fittings.

For more:
- see the Act

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