Are you ready for the Lead Free Act?
The Lead Free compliance Act will take effect nationally 1/4/2014. As GSA contract holders, you must adhere to the new regulations for plumbing related products sold. If you keep these products on your schedule, your company will be responsible for the liability.
The Lead Free Act States
Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act – Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt from prohibitions on the use or sale of lead pipes, solder, and flux: (1) pipes or plumbing fittings or fixtures, including backflow preventives, that are used exclusively for non-potable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption; or (2) toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flush-o-meter valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter or larger.
Re-defines “lead free” under such Act to mean (1) not containing more than 0.2% lead when used with respect to solder and flux (current law); and (2) not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes and pipe and plumbing fittings and fixtures.
Establishes a formula to calculate the weighted average lead content of a pipe or plumbing fitting or fixture.
GSA contractors that offer these plumbing related products and services should take note of the new compliance measures in the act and consider consulting with professionals to make they are remaining fully compliant with the new Lead Free Act.