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Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act Begins in January

USEPAOn January 4, 2014 the new Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act goes into effect in the United States. The federal law applies to the wetted surfaces of any product used in a drinking water system. The new requirement will require suppliers and contractors to change their products and inventories. The engineering community, and ultimately water utilities, also need to revise specifications for no-lead brass plumbing fittings and components such as curb stops, meters, regulators, and check valves.

The amendments included in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, among other things, revise the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) definition of "lead free" for piping, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures. The lead limit for such materials is currently eight percent. The amendments reduce the lead limit to 0.25 percent for brass and bronze. The limit for solder and flux will remain at 0.2 percent. Click here to access the USEPA's list of frequently asked questions about the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.

AE2S plans to host viewings of the American Water Works Association's (AWWA) webcast called, "Complying with Pb-Free and the Road Ahead for the LCR" at several of its regional offices. The webinar will include information to help water systems comply with the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, and provide information about the USEPA's progress on the Lead and Copper Rule. If you are interested in attending a viewing of the webcast, call your local AE2S office.

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