January 4, 2014 is an important date for anyone who manufactures, sells or installs brass products used in potable water installations. On this day, Public Law 111-380, an amendment to the Safe Drinking Water Act, will prohibit the use of brass products containing more than 0.25 percent lead.
Under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets standards for drinking water quality and oversees the states, localities, and water suppliers who implement those standards.
Public Law 111-380, commonly referred to as the “no-lead law,” amends the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Under this legislation, the term “lead free” will mean (a) not containing more than 0.2 percent lead in solder and flux and (b) not containing more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead in the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures. Additionally, Public Law 111-380 defines the formula that will be used to determine the weighted average lead content of a pipe, pipe fitting, plumbing fitting, or fixture.
The no-lead law goes into effect on January 4th, 2014.
Builders Plumbing & Heating Supply encourages trade professionals to start preparing for no-lead 2014 as soon as possible. When Public Law 111-380 takes effect, you will no longer be able to install or sell piping and plumbing materials that do not meet the lead-free standards redefined by the legislation. Here are some steps you can take to get started:
Builders Plumbing & Heating Supply will be providing educational opportunities for you and your co-workers so that you fully understand the implications of 111-380. We also will be stocking a full line of products that comply with the new law.
As we get closer to the year-end, we and others will start to run low on leaded brass items. For leaded brass jobs that will be completed in 2013, it is important that you check to ensure you have enough stock to complete the project.
Please contact us with questions, and we will do our best to provide answers for you.