Frequent Questions

I am a plumber who installs and repairs plumbing in facilities providing water for human consumption. A pipe, fitting or fixture requires repair of a part that is not a pipe, fitting, or fixture. Does the new part need to meet the definition of lead free?

No. The definition of lead free does not apply to component parts that are not “pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures” (referred to in these FAQs as “pipes, fittings, and fixtures”). EPA recommends that the wetted components of any replacement parts that are not pipes, fittings, or fixtures also be lead free. (See FAQ #2). EPA also notes that solder and flux used to install or repair pipes, fittings and fixtures may not contain more than 0.2 percent lead (See FAQ #1).

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