Plumbing News

by Robert Mader – Dec. 2002 – Contractor Magazine

October was the month for clashing toilet test results. First, Consumer Reports revealed its 1.6-gpf test results in an October issue story headlined, Successful Water Savers. Then, on Oct. 28, the National Association of Home Builders Research Center here released its own and quite different toilet …

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by James Brooke – N.Y. Times – October 2002

NARA, JAPAN — The toilet wars started in February, when Matsushita engineers introduced a toilet seat with electrodes that send a mild electric charge through the buttocks — and take a digital measurement of body-fat ratio.

Engineers from a rival company, Inax, countered in April with …

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), In-Sink-Erator, of Racine, Wis., is voluntarily recalling about 252,000 half-gallon instant hot water dispensers. Water can leak from the metal holding tank, wet insulating material and cause electrical arcing and heat build-up. This poses a fire hazard.

In-Sink-Erator has received three reports …

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Greg Lucas, Carla Marinucci, Chronicle Political Writers – Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Gov. Gray Davis picked up a $260,000 contribution during the weekend from a trade union that won a key ruling this month in its fight to keep plastic water pipe from replacing copper pipe in homes.

The governor’s weekend fund-raising activities — punctuated …

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by Mia Penta, Associated Press, July 28, 2001

BURIEN, Wash. (AP) A suburban Seattle shopping center was rocked by a water heater explosion that hurtled concrete chunks for a block, shattered business facades and injured four people.

The water heater at a video store in the shopping plaza rocketed through the building’s roof, over a …

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Toilets-on-wheels take to Phnom Penh streets CNN – June 13, 2001

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — Authorities in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh have rolled out the city’s first public toilets.

The toilets-on-wheels are being introduced in a bid to discourage residents from relieving themselves on sidewalks and municipal parks.

The first models began roaming the …

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