Reduction in Lead Water Drinking Act: How it Affects You and Our Business

There are some changes on the horizon for plumbing products and materials. Starting on Jan. 14, 2014, it will be against the law for anyone to sell or use materials (like plumbing pipes, fixtures and fittings) that do not meet the requirements of the newly revised federal definition of “lead-free.” Thanks to the amendments to the Federal Safe Water Drinking Act (known as the SDWA), the definition of “lead-free” has been clarified to mean that not more than 8% lead content means “not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures.”

The entire state of Minnesota will be affected by this law, so all plumbing products and materials sold in this state for drinking water systems will be covered. There are some exceptions to this law: any water system that is not used as a source of drinking water for humans is not covered. But if people can safely drink out of the source, it is now required by law to meet the new definition of “lead-free.”

We here at Haferman Water have been staying up-to-date on these and other regulations and laws. We want to be sure we offer our customers only the best products and services, and we want to be sure that we follow every single state and federal law or regulation. You can be sure that our plumbing products meet these standards set forth by the federal government (and any other federal or state laws that might apply). We want our customers and their families to be safe and not have to worry about lead any time they drink water.

If you have any questions about this new law, or if you need our services for any problem you might be having, it’s easy to get in touch with us! Just give us a call at (952) 894-4040 or use our online form.

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