LOW LEAD, IT’S THE LAW

By Ben Azerolo

The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, or “low lead law,” went into effect January 4, 2014. The law reduces the permissible levels of lead in the wetted surface of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures to a weighted average of not more than 0.25%. Products that meet this standard are referred to as “Lead Free.”

Exceptions

  • The new standards do not apply to pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings or fixtures that are exclusively for non-potable services, or uses where water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption.
  • The law also excludes toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles or water distribution main gate valves that are 2” or larger.

Certifications

  • If the product has a current certification of NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G or NSF 372, then it meets the requirements of the federal law.
  • NSF/ANSI 61 Annex G has provisions that overlap NSF/ANSI 372. Annex G is expected to be replaced by the provisions of NSF/ANSI 372.
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NSF/ASI 61-G & 372

Pumps and Pumping Systems
Grundfos has met or exceeded the new Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act consistently and strives to stay ahead of the curve on all federal regulations. As of January 1, 2014, all of Grundfos Commercial pumps and pumping systems meet the NSF 61/G or NSF 372 standards. Please contact your IPEG account manager to help you select the proper pump for your application.

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