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California plumbing code now accepts PEX pipe

Effective immediately, local governments in California may approve the use of cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) drinking water systems in all residential and commercial applications, as well as hospitals and clinics. The vote of the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) on adding PEX potable water pipe to the California Plumbing Code (CPC) was unanimous. The CPC will first reflect the change in August but use of PEX pipe is approved immediately.

MPW Staff

January 29, 2009

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California plumbing code now accepts PEX pipe

The 296-pg Environmental Impact Report that was needed before approval took more than two years to produce and was prepared by the California Department of General Services working with EDAW, a planning and environmental design firm headquartered in San Francisco. The Plastic Pipe and Fittings Assn. (PPFA; Glen Ellyn, IL), a non-profit organization supporting the pipe extrusion industry, and PEX processors had to pay for the report, but were not allowed a role in its preparation and development.

A copy of the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) approved by the CBSC is available for download from the CBSC website or by clicking here.— [email protected] 

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