Frequent Questions

I am installing a bathroom sink faucet (e.g., a plumbing fixture serving water intended for human consumption) and I want to be sure that the fixture meets the requirements of the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. How can I tell which product to pu

Any bathroom sink faucet for sale after January 4, 2014 must be lead free (containing not more than 0.25% weighted average lead content). While the statute does not require labeling, EPA encourages and expects many plumbing product manufacturers to label their products as lead free so that they can demonstrate compliance with SDWA as well as provide information to purchasers or users of the product.

Many State plumbing codes require the use of products that are in compliance with NSF/ANSI standards 61 and 372. NSF/ANSI Standard 372 is a certification process by which independent laboratories verify that the plumbing product is in compliance with the requirements of the 2011 Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Products will bear the mark of the laboratory that has independently certified that the product meets the standard. EPA published a brochure to assist the public with identifying the various marks that indicate a product has been certified as lead free to the new requirement of the Act: "How to Identify Lead-Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Materials." You can access the document at

http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100GRDZ.txt

Alternatively, a consumer could directly contact the manufacturer of the product to confirm that the model you wish to purchase meets the lead free requirements.

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