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Why NSF Approval is Important for Polyurethane Concrete Repair Products

Posted by David Park on Mar 29, 2022 10:00:00 AM

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Body - Why NSF Approval is ImportantDo not get caught off guard. It’s crucial to determine if the project you are bidding requires products that meet NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 standards for contact with drinking water. But what exactly are NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 standards? Our goal here is to provide a concise and comprehensive overview of why NSF approval is important for polyurethane concrete repair chemical grouts.

Alchemy-Spetec is already known for providing the most powerful polymers and painless procedures contractors need to achieve the rapid results their projects demand. During a recent project, Charlie Lerman (Director of Technical Services - Leak Seal Division) received a call from a large tunnel contractor asking us if Alchemy-Spetec had NSF-approved products. NSF approval was non-negotiable as this particular tunnel was responsible for bringing all of the drinking water from upstate New York into New York City. Charlie set up a meeting with the contractor and the Department of Environmental Protection to go over our products and propose a grout plan. The DEP went with our line of NSF-approved products, which are still used today in potable water applications for this tunnel and many more nearby.

What is the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation)?

The National Sanitation Foundation develops public health standards and certification programs that help protect the world’s food, water, consumer products, and environment. Their organization ensures that adequate testing is conducted for all products that will be used in or around drinking water from source to tap.

An NSF compliance brief reads: “NSF, an independent, private, not-for-profit, third-party certification organization founded in 1944, has developed numerous health-based certification programs and consensus standards including those that relate to drinking water…The purpose of its certification program is to promote public health and enrich the quality of life. Through its Council of Public Health and Health Advisory Board, which includes EPA health professionals, it obtains guidance in developing and maintaining programs and standards. NSF also partners with code councils to ensure ongoing compliance.”

Each product must undergo rigorous testing to receive NSF approval. The manufacturer's plant and quality assurance practices must pass a thorough inspection. Voluntarily undergoing such a rigorous certification process is invaluable to all parties involved.

The SDWA (Safe Water Drinking Act)

The Safe Water Drinking Act (SDWA) gives the EPA latitude to impose criminal and civil penalties on industries that are not in compliance. In 2014 enforcement efforts policing clean water netted $163 million in penalties and fines, 155 combined years of incarceration for sentenced defendants, and $16 million in court-ordered project clean-ups.

Because so many of those defined contaminants are pertinent to even the most basic construction projects – turbidity from soil runoff, leaching from PVC pipes, potentially harmful and corrosive chemicals, and more – understanding and adhering to the law is particularly important for industry stakeholders. Contractors and engineers must be able to confidently choose vendors whose products and services won’t become the source or cause of drinking water contamination either in the short or long term. Having products that may come into contact with drinking water certified to NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 (approved for contact with drinking water), ensures compliance with the SDWA.

Alchemy-Spetec NSF Approved Products and Solutions

Alchemy-Spetec products offer the most reliable and cost-effective results for contractors. Our NSF-certified materials are evaluated and lab-tested, and production facilities such as our own are inspected and annually audited for re-testing to maintain certification. 

The following Alchemy-Spetec products have received the official NSF seal of approval for contact with drinking water:

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