News | August 19, 2008

NSF Announces New Certification Services For PVC Water Main Pipe

Sanderson Pipe Corporation Becomes First Client to Receive UL 1285 Certification from NSF

Ann Arbor, MI — Recent requests from the plumbing industry has prompted NSF International to expand its services for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) water main piping products. NSF's new services evaluate and certify PVC pipes that meet UL 1285: Pipe and Couplings, PVC for Underground Fire Service's performance requirements.

These devices include PVC and molecular oriented polyvinyl chloride (PVCO) pressure pipe, couplings and gaskets for use in underground fire service systems and connections to such systems.

NSF is also pleased to announce that Sanderson Pipe Corporation, a manufacturer of PVC pipe, is the first client to be certified to UL 1285: Pipe by NSF's Plumbing Program.

"Being the first PVC manufacturer to receive UL 1285 certification from NSF lets our customers know that we take safety very seriously," said Donald Finton, a Quality Control Manager, Sanderson Pipe Corporation. "It is important that our facility meets all requirements to ensure our customers receive the best pipe possible while conforming with the standards set forth in AWWA C900 and UL 1285."

Since the requirements of UL 1285 and AWWA C900: PVC Pressure Pipe and Fabricated Fittings, 4-Inch through 12-Inch, for Water Distribution standards are very similar, NSF can bundle these services to offer a listing to UL 1285, AWWA C900 and NSF 14: Plastics Piping System Components and Related Materials saving additional cost and time. These specifications include dimensions, testing, and toxicology to make sure pipe is safer for customers, as well as the environment.

"This listing service expansion will enable manufacturers of PVC piping to take advantage of the convenience of having one source for their plumbing, conduit and now water main pipe testing/certification needs," said Nasrin Kashefi, General Manager, NSF Plumbing Program.

NSF's listing program meets the listing requirements in National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 24: Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains and their Appurtenances. NSF is also a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for UL 1285.

About NSF International
NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

SOURCE: NSF International