Manufacturers are exploring
ways to address California AB 1953, which limits the weighted average lead
content in pipe, fittings and fixtures used to convey drinking water to 0.25
percent on wetted surfaces. It goes
into effect Jan. 1, 2010.
Water conservation efforts that focus only on the fixtures will not solve the problem. Future efforts must look beyond the fixtures to the system as a whole, according to Shawn Martin, director of the Applied Technology Division, National Association of Home Builders Research Center.
The Home Depot® said it will acquire Orlando, Fla.-based wholesaler Hughes Supply for $3.47 billion, including the payment of $46.50 per outstanding share and the assumption of $285 million in net debt.