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Plumbing Engineer’s REPORT

NSF International supports new lead-free definition and regulations for plumbing products

ANN ARboR, MICh. — NSF International, an independent public health organization that tests and certifies a wide range of plumbing and drinking water treatment products, strongly supports the passage of the Reduction of Lead in drinking Water Act on January 4, which significantly reduces the amount of lead allowed in plumbing products that contact drinking water. NSF International applauds the government for harmo-

nizing federal legislation with recently enacted state requirements and NSF Standards. In 2008, Annex G was incorporated into NSF/ANSI Standard 61: drinking Water System Components — health Effects and includes requirements limiting the weighted average of lead con- tent in plumbing products to 0.25 percent, the same as required by this new federal legislation. This legislation (to take effect January 4, 2014) now makes the federal law consistent with California lead-free legislation passed in 2006, amends the Safe drinking Water Act’s definition of lead-free and limits the maximum content of lead in plumbing devices, so it’s consistent with the lead content requirements of NSF Standards. Plumbing devices already certified to NSF Standard 61,

Annex G fully comply with the lead-content requirements of this newly passed Act. A list of compliant products can be found on NSF’s website. “We applaud Congress and the Administration for tak-

ing this long-awaited step to harmonize this requirement across the country, which will help protect the public from exposure to lead in their drinking water,” said bob

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Ferguson, NSF international vice president of water sys- tems. “We are pleased that the new national requirement for lead in plumbing devices will be equivalent to the requirements in NSF/ANSI national standards. NSF is prepared to support this effort and to help address this growing public health concern by continuing to test and certify drinking water products that conform to these new lead-free requirements.” Visit

ICC-ES PMG to certify plumbing products for lead reduction in drinking water

ICC-ES PMG ANNouNCEd that it will certify plumbing products to the new Federal Law for Reduction of Lead in drinking Water. The legislation, which passed prior to the final adjourn-

ment of the 111th Congress, provides for a 36 month implementation period. The legislation requirements are consistent with the current requirements for the States of California, Vermont and Maryland. ICC-ES offers a free certification to the law to manufac-

turers whose products are certified to the applicable perfor- mance standard by ICC-ES. “ICC-ES has been sensitive to the needs of product manufacturers for years. dawn Qualley, certification program manager said “We under- stand that we are here to address all the certification needs of manufacturers and solve their certification challenges. That is why we offer this free certification to such manufacturers.” Fore more info,

April 2011

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