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Plan Now For Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act Compliance

brass waterworksThe Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act goes into effect in less than a year from now, on January 4, 2014. The new law applies to the wetted surfaces of any product used in a drinking water system. The new requirement will force suppliers and contractors to change their products and inventories. The engineering community also needs 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 8 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.

Federal guidance on exemptions and how compliant products will be labeled is expected later this year.




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