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February 22, 1995 | From Associated Press
A Houston court has thrown out a $750-million settlement between thousands of homeowners and three chemical companies that made faulty plastic plumbing. Hoechst Celanese Corp., Shell Oil Co. and DuPont Co. agreed in October to settle the class action, in which the homeowners claimed the chemicals used to make polybutylene piping and fittings had caused plumbing breaks and resulting water damage to their houses.
After several ownership changes in the 1980s, faucet maker Price Pfister Inc. seems securely nestled in the fold of its owner, Black & Decker Corp., the power-tools and household-products giant. But whether Black & Decker can help Pacoima-based Price Pfister climb above its perennial No. 3 spot in the U. S. faucet market is an open question. The added distribution channels provided by Black & Decker, which had 1991 sales of $4.
February 9, 1993 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Price Pfister Inc., a major plumbing-supplies maker in Pacoima, is apparently hurting from publicity surrounding the lead that its faucets leave in drinking water. Last month the state attorney general filed suit against Price Pfister, and more than 20 other major faucet companies, for selling products that leach too much lead into water. The suit is intended to force manufacturers to stop selling these faucets, or substantially reduce the lead in their products.
August 26, 2009 | Timothy F. Brick, Timothy F. Brick is chairman of the board of directors of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, representing the city of Pasadena.
Ageneration ago, Southern California water managers thought they had the solution for dealing with the hub of the state's water system -- the magnificent Northern California estuary known as the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. They wanted to build a canal from the delta to the existing aqueduct system that sustains San Joaquin Valley agriculture and Southern California. They were wrong. And now we finally have the chance to do it right. Five draft bills as part of an overall plan have been introduced in the Legislature that could lead to better governance in the delta and wise water management statewide.
February 1, 1993 | DON LEE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lawsuit seeking to prohibit faucet manufacturers from selling products that leach too much lead into water, filed by the state in December, is likely to be painful and costly for Pacoima-based Price Pfister Inc. The California attorney general's suit against Price, a major plumbing-supplies maker, and more than 20 other leading faucet manufacturers is intended to force the companies to stop selling the faucets or substantially reduce their lead content.
October 1, 2010 | By David Pierson, Los Angeles Times
Like Goldilocks searching for the perfect perch, Dong Yu tested one seat after another in the glitzy showroom. Some were too pricey, others too fussy. Then he found one that was just right. "You've got to try this," he shouted to his wife, to the delight of a fawning saleswoman. "This one's really comfortable. " The seat in question was a $400 toilet made by Japan-based Toto Ltd. Dong and his wife had just bought a 2,200-square-foot apartment in a tony section of China's capital and were prepared to splurge on a pair of eye-catching commodes.
A campaign to save water in West Hollywood suddenly has City Hall flushed with excitement. Officials today plan to announce a six-month test of waterless urinals at municipal offices and at the city's main public park as part of a conservation effort. But installation of the devices at City Hall has already prompted complaints about alleged odors and sanitation problems. Two of the touch-free, water-free urinals are in place near city executives' offices.
May 13, 2007
Regarding "LAUSD sees a future in career ed," Rick Wartzman, California & Co., April 27: I think John W. Gardner, former secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said it best: "The society which scorns excellence in plumbing because plumbing is a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy. Neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." Our society should reward excellence, not labels.
May 10, 1995 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
The Mesa Consolidated Water District is warning customers that information mailed to them recently by a plumbing equipment company might be misleading. Postcards sent to water district customers from Amtrol Inc. stated: "The water company has modified your plumbing. It might cause you some easily prevented problems." Mary Urashima, spokeswoman for the agency, said the water district was alerted to the situation when several customers called to find out what had been done to the system.
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