EPA Looks to Bolster Lead-Free Requirement for Plumbing Materials

The 90-day public comment period on the proposal ends April 17.
EPA Looks to Bolster Lead-Free Requirement for Plumbing Materials

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Feedback is being accepted until April on a U.S. EPA proposal that would require plumbing manufacturers to mark pipes, fittings, and fixtures used for drinking water as “lead free.”

Plumbing pieces, solder and pipes used for drinking water have had to meet a lead-free requirement since the 1980s, but the push for lead-free labeling is so that people don’t accidentally mix up those products with similar products used for non-potable purposes that don’t have the lead-free requirement, according to the EPA.

The Safe Drinking Water Act defines “lead free” as a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead calculated across the wetted surfaces of a pipe, fitting or fixture. The standard is 0.2 percent lead for solder and flux.

Any public comments about the proposal must be received by April 17.


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