FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need to get a new faucet just because mine is one of the old ones?
If you are changing to no lead, does that mean all this time my faucet is poisoning me with lead?
No. According to the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI), lead levels have been reduced to nearly immeasurable amounts due to advancements in materials and manufacturing processes. Where trace amounts of lead have been found in drinking water, aging infrastructure, including pipe and plumbing system components, have been the main contributors of trace amounts of lead in the water supply.
What does "no-lead compliant" mean?
Faucets designated as being "no-lead compliant" are those that are compliant with state and federal drinking water legislation. On September 30, 2006, California Health and Safety Code 116875 (AB 1953) was approved in California in an attempt to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water. It was superseded on January 4, 2011 by the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Known as the "Get the Lead Out" bill, this federal legislation (S. 3874) specifies that the weighted average lead content of pipes, fittings and fixtures used to convey drinking water cannot exceed 0.25% on wetted surfaces. (The previous national lead-free standard was 8.0%.) This new legislation will take effect on January 4, 2014.
What is AB1953?
On September 30, 2006, the state of California approved California Health and Safety Code 116875 (AB1953) in an attempt to reduce the amount of lead in drinking water. This legislation mandated that, after January 1, 2010, all faucets that convey drinking water must contain no more than 0.25% lead content in waterway components.
AB1953 has since been superseded by the federal Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (S. 3874), which specifies that the weighted average lead content of pipes, fittings and fixtures used to convey drinking water cannot exceed 0.25% on wetted surfaces. This new federal legislation will take effect on January 4, 2014.