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New Definition of “Lead Free” in the Safe Drinking Water Act

Congress has revised the definition of “lead free” in the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.  Effective January 4, 2014, all pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fitting, and fixtures  must meet a 0.25% weighted average lead content.  The Congressional Act that I’m attaching was dated January 5, 2010; but, President Obama did not sign it into law until January 4, 2011 which is why the effective date is January 4, 2014.  This Act includes the weighted average calculation formula.      

I’m attaching an NSF article (see page 2) explaining Standard 61 changes.  I’m also providing a link to an NSF bulletin:

NSF Article
2011 Congressional to define lead free

Deb Rotz | Water Program Specialist
Department of Environmental Protection
Rachel Carson State Office Building
400 Market Street | Harrisburg, PA 17101
Phone: 717.772.2190 | Fax: 717.772.3249

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