About "Lead Free Laws"
What is the "Reduction of
Lead in Drinking Water Act"?
US Senate Bill No. S. .3874. On January 4, 2014 - The Reduction
of Lead in Drinking Water Act sets new, lower standards for the
amount of lead permissible in plumbing products that come into
contact with potable (drinkable) water. The Law is now requiring
material that will be in contact with potable (drinkable) water to
have a lead content of less than 0.25%.
Why is this important to me?
In most cases the cost of the new lead law compliant material is
higher than the cost of the material you are purchasing
today. You must take this difference into account when
estimating your future material costs. In addition, there
will be penalties and fines for non-compliance with this
Who is affected?
All consumers, businesses, and manufacturers distributing
plumbing products will be affected.
What products are affected by this low
All devices at the point-of-use that are intended to dispense
water for human consumption. This includes kitchen faucets,
bathroom faucets and any other end-use devices intended to convey
or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or
Examples of the products this bill will cover include kitchen
faucets, bar faucets, manual lavatory faucets, supply stops,
bubblers, glass fillers and pot fillers and drinking fountains
including pipe and fittings. There is no differentiation
between commercial and residential products.
What products are not affected by the low
Any device designed for purposes other than dispensing water for
human consumption. Examples of faucets not impacted include
laundry, and service sink and laboratory fittings. Other
devices might include: fire hydrants; fittings and valves for
wastewater distribution systems, decorative fountains, marine
applications, air and vacuum appliances, bathtubs, showers, Roman
tubs, sanitary sewer drains, irrigation sprinklers, toilets,
urinals, bidets, laboratory uses, service sinks, whirlpools, spas
therapy pools, and clothes washers; hose bibs, fittings, tees and
splitters; flush valves; solenoid valves; pre-rinse assemblies that
do not include an auxiliary spout or other outlet; bath tub
faucets; shower heads and shower head adapters.
Why is meeting this new standard
Products that do not meet the criteria by January 4, 2014,
cannot be sold or consumed for purposes dispensing potable water.
Fines and penalties will be assessed to those who do not choose to
abide by such laws.
How do I know if a product is certified to
meet this new standard?
Products must receive certification from and independent
ANSI-approved, third-party testing organization. The
manufacturer and the third-party organization that tested the
products to the standard will be able to provide proper