Lead Free Compliance

Safe Drinking Water Act:
New Standards, Compliance Simplified

Effective Date

The new federally mandated Public Law 111-380, commonly referred to as the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, is in full effect across the United States as of January 4, 2014.

Defining Lead Free

Applying to both the installation and repair of any system that serves water for drinking, you will no longer be able to sell or install pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures anywhere within the United States that do not meet the lead free standards specified by the law. Currently the law defines lead free as:

  • a) not containing more than 0.20% lead when used with respect to solder and flux; and
  • b) not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fixtures, and fixtures.

Concerning Repairs

At present, the law does not require you to replace, repair, or retrofit an existing potable water system with components that meet the new standards; however, any new or additional components you add to an existing system must comply.

Products Must Be Certified Lead Free

Typically, states require product certification by an independent, third-party testing lab.

Yes. Our Products Are Lead Free Certified. Guaranteed.

To ensure the highest level of quality control, Matco-Norca has implemented measures at each stage of the supply process to guarantee 100% compliance with the law and ensure the lead free status of our quality products. These measures include:

  • Intimate knowledge of current state & federal laws throughout the US
  • A designated Quality Control Manager for Lead Free Compliance
  • Independent 3rd party lab testing and certification
  • Lead Free Certification (Download Lead Free Certification)
  • Routine factory inspections
  • In-house batch testing
  • Designated aisles in the warehouse for lead free products only
  • Simplified lead free product identification, marking, labeling, warehousing and packaging

Compliance Enforcement

Although the EPA is responsible for compliance, the task of enforcement is normally conducted by state, local and municipal officials. To ensure you are meeting the specific plumbing code requirements for the states in which you work, it is essential that you get the most current information from those state departments.

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