THE REDUCTION OF LEAD IN DRINKING WATER ACT

 

This amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act will reduce the allowable lead content of all products that come in contact with drinking water to 0.25% (weighted average).

What does this mean for you?

This act prohibits the sale of select products with a weighted lead content of more than 0.25% for any use with potable water anywhere in the U.S.A.

Affected Products

  • Solder
  • Flux
  • Backflow preventers
  • Pipe Fittings/Plumbing Fittings/Brass Pipe
  • Brass/Bronze Valves
  • Supplies and Stops
  • Appliances with Water Dispensers
  • Kitchen & Lavatory Faucets

Products NOT Affected

Pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings or fixtures including backflow preventers, that are used exclusively for non-potable services such as most steam applications, manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption. Examples of such products are toilets, urinals, fill valves, valves, shower valves, showers, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger.

What you can do?

It is critical for our valued customers to develop a plan for transitioning inventory prior to the legislation taking effect. Review your resources, and look for products that have the LEAD FREE markings on labels that certify adherence to the “Lead-Free” requirements. Many of these products are currently in stock at Federal or can be ordered to meet your project needs

Will Federal Corporation continue to stock products that contain lead for non-potable applications?

Yes, the law exempts products used in most steam applications, manufacturing, industrial processes, irrigation and outdoor watering.  Accordingly, Federal will continue to stock product for these applications in either leaded or lead-free depending on what is offered by our manufactures.

More Questions? Contact your Federal Corporation representative or you can find additional information on these websites. http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/rulesregs/sdwa/lcr/lead_nsfstandard.cfm or http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/PLAW-111publ380/pdf/PLAW-111publ380.pdf