May 06, 2013

Demand for Lead-Free Products Drives Increased Employment

Lee Brass increases workforce to meet demands of new federal water safety regulations

Lee Brass Lee Free Product Line NSF 61G Lead

The workforce at Lee Brass is being increased up to 30% as a result of the increased demand for its lead-free Lee Free product line. The new federal water safety regulations, which go into effect in January 2014, are driving demand for lead-free water delivery system components. In order to meet that demand, Lee Brass is proactively increasing its workforce. The new regulation, known in the industry as NSF 61G, requires less than 5 ppb of lead leaching for the "Health Effects of Safe Drinking Water." It also addresses the lead content of potable water delivery system products as having a weighted lead content average of not more than 0.25%.

Brass and copper water lines are used in the U.S. for the vast majority of potable water delivery systems, and with good reason. The copper in brass makes it a natural antimicrobial agent. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency regulates the registration of antimicrobial products, and after extensive testing according to the agency's stringent test protocols, 355 copper alloys, including brass, were found to kill more than 99.9% of Staphylococcus aureus, E. coli and a number of other harmful bacteria.

Features of the Lee Free package include:

  • Manufactured in the U.S.;
  • Contains antimicrobial properties that kill bacteria naturally; and
  • Offers the most extensive lead-free package of cast solder and threaded brass fittings and flanges with 745 line items.

Lee Free is NSF 61G certified.