EPA has posted on its Web site a revised list of frequently-asked-questions to assist manufactures, retailers, regulators and the general public in complying with and understanding the requirements of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. The FAQs address the definition of lead free, the effective date, calculating lead content, 3rdparty certification, product labeling, repair and replacement parts, and exemptions. The FAQs can be found at:http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/upload/epa815s13001.pdf
The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was enacted on January 4, 2011, to amend Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which covers the use and introduction into commerce of lead pipes, plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder and flux. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act changes the Safe Drinking Water Act definition of “lead free” and creates exemptions from the Lead Free requirements for plumbing products that are not used for drinking water. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act established a prospective effective date of January 4, 2014.