New lead-free legislation in California and Vermont are leading the country to require stricter lead-free laws for potable water systems. Maryland is among other states that is currently reviewing stricter laws. How much do you
really know about the new lead-free laws and what they mean to you?
Red-White Valve Corp. always stays current with the changing standards and codes.
What is Lead Free?
California and Vermont have adopted new standards for lead I pipes, fittings and fixtures used to convey water for drinking or cooking that require the surfaces of such products that are contacted by water to have a weighted average lead content equal to or less than .025%.
Do these changes affect all plumbing products?
No. The laws are specific to applications in which the water is intended for drinking or cooking. Applications such as radiant heating, irrigation and industrial processing are not affected.
The new California and Vermont standards take effect January 1, 2010 and prohibit the specification, sale and installation of any non-compliant products. Additionally, Vermont requires merchants to display information on the effects of lead at point of sale between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2009.
California will require 3rd party certification of products by ANSI accredited testing agencies, such as NSF, to ensure compliance. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control will also conduct product testing. Vermont does not require certification as of January 2009.
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