U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted on its Web site a revised
list of frequently asked questions to assist manufacturers, retailers,
regulators, and the general public in complying with, and understanding,
the requirements of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
The FAQs address the definition of lead free, the effective date,
calculating lead content, third-party certification, product labeling,
repair and replacement parts, and exemptions. Click here to access the FAQs.
The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was enacted on January
4, 2011 to amend Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which
covers the use and introduction into commerce of lead pipes, plumbing
fittings or fixtures, and solder and flux. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking
Water Act changes the Safe Drinking Water Act definition of lead free
and creates exemptions from the lead-free requirements for plumbing
products not used for drinking water. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking
Water Act established a prospective effective date of January 4, 2014.
The FAQs are based on interaction with stakeholders.
Click here for more information provided by the EPA.
Under the "protect your business" category in the “member exclusive content” area of www.NGWA.org,
members can access materials developed by NGWA on the Reduction of Lead
in Drinking Water Act over the past three years and an EPA presentation on the new lead-free
The EPA also offers an informational handout to help companies whose products are certified as lead free to explain the new certification marks.
There is no mandatory federal requirement for product testing or
third-party certification under the Safe Drinking Water Act, but some entities may require certification.
Consumers may choose to increase their
level of confidence by purchasing products with a mark indicating
products have been certified by an accredited third-party certification
as meeting the new lead-free requirement.
Products that have not been certified may still meet the new lead-free
requirement. If you are unable to determine if a product is lead free,
contacting the manufacturer is the best way to confirm the lead content.
Although other states have laws pertaining to the lead content in
products, California is currently the only state that has a bill (SB
1334) requiring certification, according to the EPA. However, there may be local laws or
entities in other states that require it.
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