Reducing lead is not new. But getting it to a national standard is. Regulatory changes have emerged in various states since the late 90s, but lead-free legislation has now taken the national stage. On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into federal law the “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” also known as Senate Bill 3874. Full compliance is required by January 4, 2014.
And with the new law comes a new standard. A 0.25% maximum lead content, which is measured through a weighted average, is mandated of all pipes, fixtures and fittings that are sold in the U.S. for installations delivering water for human consumption.
As always, you can rely on T&S to follow the letter of the law. And when it comes to low-lead and “lead-free” products, T&S Brass foresaw the need for change and forged ahead — well in advance of the federal legislation. After California passed AB1953, like many companies, T&S initially created two domestic product lines — one for California and one for the other 49 states. However, it wasn’t long before we made the bold decision to change the entirety of our domestic product line to comply with emerging standards. In 2010, T&S became the first fixture, faucet and fitting manufacturer to convert its entire line of products designed for human water consumption to meet the NSF 372 leadfree requirement.
And since that progressive shift toward lead-free products, T&S Brass continues to be an industry leader by manufacturing products that are reliable and that meet and exceed safety, environmental and health standards. Not only has T&S anticipated the progress toward lead-free legislation, but we’ve also helped make it happen. We proactively supported the federal legislation and pushed for an even market across the nation. Our involvement and leadership helped create a consistent standard that will make it easier for specifying and stocking plumbing products.
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Be sure you stock products that meet the new requirements. Otherwise, you may be stuck with non-compliant (non-saleable) inventory when the change takes effect in 2014. With T&S, it’s easy. We have one set of SKUs that meet all current standards, as well as the new national legislation.
Specifying engineers play an important role. By preventing bidders from subbing in non-compliant products, specifying engineers help eliminate the use of improper materials. To be sure that your specified products are compliant with the “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act,” simply add a compliance note in your spec, requiring that any product designed for dispensing potable water meetboth the NSF 61 and NSF 372 test standards via third-party testing and certification.
T&S is committed to manufacturing with excellence and providing reliable products that use quality materials, which meet or exceed public health and safety standards. With T&S, count on Reliability Built In.