following Feature Article appeared in the
April 2002 issue of The Buyers Guide.
NEWS FOR WATER SAFETY & RELIABILITY IN
new range of polyethylene water pipe connections
is being introduced to the Canadian market
with many advantages over fittings now in use.
They have received the highest approval standard
in Canada (CSA approval and ANSI / NSF 61 for
use with potable water supply lines. ANSI (American
National Standards Institute) NSF (National
The fittings are now being made available through plumbing distribution
companies and retailers throughout the country.
These fittings are a breakthrough in the field and set the new
standard for Canadian rural water safety and reliability. Rural
drinking water supply systems throughout Canada are installed using
CSA approved poly pipe. These pipes are manufactured in Canada
and meet CSA potable or pure water requirements. It is hard to
believe but in Canada, almost every one of these pipes have been
and continue to be installed and connected using fittings that
are not approved, purchased in retail lumber and hardware stores
and even at the plumbing wholesale level. What’s even more
frightening is some of these fittings may even contain harmful
lead or other toxins.
The Hanflo fitting is the result of a 3-year joint venture between
Heat-Line Corporation, the leading Canadian manufacturer of freeze-proof
water supply systems, and Hansen Products of New Zealand, the leading
pipe fittings manufacturer in New Zealand for the past 17-years.
The fittings are designed to replace unapproved metal or non-metal
insert and radiator hose clamp fittings for rural pipe applications
for water wells, pump installations and irrigation applications
for home, farm, or anywhere water is required.
President Lorne Heise estimates the Canadian
market will exceed 15 million dollars annually.
These fittings will become available from coast
to coast through reputable Canadian plumbing
wholesalers and hardware stores that sell CSA
fittings are already being developed to fit the
slightly different pipe sizes south of the border.
At an average cost of $5 dollars (Canadian),
the Hanflo fittings are inexpensive, leak proof
and easy to use. The only tool required is pump
pliers or a wrench.
There are presently 68 different fittings in the Hanflo fitting
range and the fittings will continue to be developed to suit the
various market requirements.
Heat-Line has been running tests at their manufacturing facility
in Haliburton, Ontario this winter and they can’t get them
to break when they freeze.
asked about the importance of the CSA approvals,
President Lorne Heise who is a licensed electrician
explains, "We wouldn’t even think of
connecting electrical wires in Canada with unapproved
fittings so why would we ever allow our drinking
water pipes to be connected with anything but an
approved fitting? There isn’t a store in
this country that should continue selling a fitting
without the proper approval provided there is an
approved replacement. Now there is such a product."
The fittings are patented in Canada and the USA, have been tested
at CSA to meet potability requirements to the highest standard
ANSI / NSF 61 and also meet CSA and ISO standards not to leak or
pull apart. Heise said the fittings will be manufactured in New
Zealand and distributed throughout North America exclusively by
Heat-Line Corporation but admits that he has already discussed
the need for a Canadian assembly plant and manufacturing facility
as production demands increase. Land acquisitions for the required
expansion are already being considered. Cottage Life Magazine has
reviewed the fittings and an article appears in the March 2002
issue. There are plans to show the products across the country
and they will be on display at the Cottagefest Show in Markham
March 1,2, and 3, and also at the Cottage Life Show in Toronto
Heat-Line Corporation plans to launch a number of new and innovative
products to the rural and municipal water pipe markets later this
year including Carapace, a freeze-proof municipal water pipe application,
the solution where it is difficult or impossible to blast below
the frost line.
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