Piping systems from Charlotte Pipe receive NSF certification

May 4, 2010
ANN ARBOR, MI, and CHARLOTTE, NC, May 4, 2010 -- NSF International today announced that Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company's RePVC (polyvinyl chloride) and ReUze can now be added to the company's list of products certified by NSF International...

• Certification promotes environmental stewardship

ANN ARBOR, MI, and CHARLOTTE, NC, May 4, 2010 -- NSF International today announced that Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company's RePVC (polyvinyl chloride) and ReUze can now be added to the company's list of products certified by NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to protecting and improving public health and the environment. Both piping systems were inspired by the green and sustainability industries.

According to Charlotte Pipe, there are three sources of non-potable water: rainwater, gray water and municipally supplied reclaimed water. Non-potable water systems are great for applications that do not require water, which have been treated to drinking water standards.

NSF International's certification for water piping systems verifies that the products meet all applicable requirements by conducting thorough testing and facility inspections. This includes three unannounced inspections annually, formulation and manufacturing process reviews and testing of product samples.

ReUze™ is a purple CPVC piping system for distributing non-potable water.ReUze™, a purple CPVC piping system for distributing non-potable water inside the building, is directly aimed at increasing water efficiency. The line pipes are purple to differentiate non-potable water from potable water. Non-potable water can be used to save building owners money, relieve stress on already over burdened public agencies and preserve a precious resource in applications such as toilet and urinal flushing and process water.

RePVC™ is a PVC pipe that uses recycled content as the center layer. It expands the market for recycled materials, slows the consumption of raw materials and reduces the amount of waste entering landfills. RePVC is one of the first products to be certified by NSF International to ASTM F 1760: Standard Specification for Coextruded Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) Non-Pressure Plastic Pipe Having Reprocessed-Recycled Content. ASTM F 1760 contains requirements for plastic pipe having recycled content.

Obtaining NSF Certification was especially important for Charlotte Pipe. "NSF Certification means that your product will be recognized and respected by engineers, code officials, building owners and contractors," said Greg Nahrgang, New Product Development Manager for Charlotte Pipe. He believes that one day all non-pressure piping will incorporate recycled content because it is the right thing to do for the environment. "Third-party, conformity assessment is one of the best ways to ensure that a manufactured product complies with the standards."

"It is important that companies like Charlotte Pipe and Foundry are innovative and actively pursuing new sustainable applications to improve efficiency and reduce waste," said Nasrin Kashefi General Manager of NSF International's Plumbing Programs. "NSF Certification provides engineers, regulators, and users with assurance that products meet all applicable sustainability requirements. When they see the NSF Mark on pipes, they know it has been NSF Certified."

For a complete list of Charlotte Pipe's products that have been certified by NSF International, visit NSF's Web site.

About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, certifies products and writes standards for food, water and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (www.nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide and operates in more than 120 countries. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment.

NSF's Mechanical Plumbing Certification Program provides performance and health effects testing, certification, and production facility inspections to verify compliance with plumbing standards. NSF's sustainable business solutions include carbon footprinting, greenhouse gas verification, as well as standards development and certification for sustainable products, such as carpet and flooring.

Additional services include education and training, safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations and organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International).

About Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry is headquartered in Charlotte, NC, and has seven plant locations across the United States. Combining modern technology with a century of craftsmanship and experience, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry has a proud legacy of commitment to the industry and its customers. The company is guided by the philosophy of its founder - produce the best product possible and provide the best service for the customer. For more information, contact Charlotte Pipe and Foundry at 800-438-6091 or visit http://www.charlottepipe.com.