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New definition to reduce likelihood of lead contamination in drinking water
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will issue a proposal to update existing regulations as outlined in the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act to modify the definition of lead-free plumbing products (e.g., pipes, pipe fittings and fixtures). The modification will change the definition from 8% lead content to 0.25%. The proposal also includes labeling and packaging requirements that will allow consumers to identify plumbing devices that meet the new “lead-free” definition.
Labeling and package markings can reduce the likelihood that non-lead-free products are used in plumbing that is intended for drinking water use. Additionally, the proposal provides information regarding how manufacturers should document that they are meeting these new requirements. EPA will accept comments on the proposal for 90 days after publication in the Federal Register.
For more information, visit www.epa.gov/dwstandardsregulations/use-lead-free-pipes-fittings-fixtures-solder-and-flux-drinking-water.