Since January, 2010, there has been a nationwide push to make more and more states require low lead levels in plumbing and piping products that come in contact with water for human consumption. California and Vermont jumped right on board, and two years later, Maryland and Louisiana followed suit. Now in 2014, with a new year, comes new change.
As of January 4, 2014, all states are required to implement the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. This means it will be illegal to sell or install plumbing and piping products that exceed 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures. Wetted parts include meters, expansion tanks, backflow preventers, flexible connectors, strainers, and
assorted gauges, fittings, valves, etc. The good news is that most plumbing and piping companies were prepared for the changes and adjusted their product lines accordingly. Krowne, for example, has gone ahead and marked their lead free products as NSF/ANSI Standard 61-G. Identifying the products that meet the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act can be tricky, so we’d suggest visiting our blog post “Are You Ready to Go Lead Free in 2014?,” to learn more about going lead free in 2014, or call us at 888-388-6372 to chat with our team.