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I am looking for 3 way valves for my RO and was wondering if anyone has concern for using bronze or brass valves vs stainless. I see many people have built their RO's with what looks to be bronze. On zorotools website they have a note at the bottom of the page with the valves that says they are for non-human or non-potable consumption.

Should I be worried about this? Besides stainless are there other options that would be better? And finally, if bronze and brass are OK to use, which would be preferred?

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I would buy the stainless valves. Buy valves one time- not twice. The day is coming when sap and syrup will only be allowed to come into contact with stainless steel or food grade plastic.

I recently bought a brass gate valve and it had a tag on it saying there was a component in it that was known to cause cancer in California! And these are sold in plumbing supply's for in-home water lines!

Play it safe and go with stainless. And they look nicer too, lol.

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If you look up Banjo valves and fittings, they have the polypropolyne valves just like the manufacturers use in the ROs. There are white, FDA approved versions, also. But I just got the black ones like come stock.
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I would buy the stainless valves. Buy valves one time- not twice. The day is coming when sap and syrup will only be allowed to come into contact with stainless steel or food grade plastic.

I recently bought a brass gate valve and it had a tag on it saying there was a component in it that was known to cause cancer in California! And these are sold in plumbing supply's for in-home water lines!

Play it safe and go with stainless. And they look nicer too, lol.

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If the valves are for controlling pressures I would go with Stainless Steel. get it once and be done with it.

Brass or bronze valves have small amounts of lead in them It is added to make that part easier to machine. California has outlawed it in any device that is used in domestic water systems. Our local Home Depot is in the proses of switching out to lead free same manufacture. Look at the tags and it will say if it conforms to Calif. law. Just wait till Calif decides that all parts in the production and Manufacturing of any product entering the great Nanny state of California has to be made under the same specifications as decided by them. You will see a day that unless your equipment has a tag on it saying that your product cant enter the food chain.
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I noticed that the Home Depot closest to us has lots of lead-free brass valves and fittings.
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Thanks for all the info. I'd love to get the stainless 3-way valves but the cheapest I can find them for is $45. The Banjo fittings are only $10 cheaper.

Another option is going with several SS ball valves and using them like a 3-way but that's just more connections and more possible leaks.

As far as I can tell none of the valves would be used under much pressure. I'll check out HD and see what they have. Never know. I've already spent well over my allotted $$ amount. :)

Thanks again for the info.
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what's another $180 in valves just go to your neighbors....i bet he'll donate to your ro fund
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Lets get this job done right the first time with pride and BLING.
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