Nibco Shutoff Valve Prohibited on Potable Water
Just bought a house last month. Prior owner had a new 40gal electric water heater put in recently. He bought it at Menards, a popular hardware store in the upper midwest area. Had someone install it for him.
So I was down looking at it again today. I knew I needed to move the expansion tank that was installed. It is completely blocking the anode rod extraction area. No way to remove the anode rod with the tank where it is. Great planning on that installation.
So I was down looking at the space and making notes of what I need to get at the hardware store. And I made a note of the shutoff valve info. And I looked up the valve online on the manufacturers page.
Low and behold, the Nibco S-FP-600 series valves are listed as being "prohibited on US potable water systems after January 3, 2014." (See last photo, second to last bullet point....that is from their web page.)
I was like..whaaaaa. Am I being poisoned from something leeching from this valve into the water???
I sent an email to the manufacturer asking why this is so.
Looks like it is time for a replacement shutoff.
What should I use that is not going to be "prohibited?" Preferably NOT made in communist China.