Frequent Questions

After what date is the selling of non lead-free plumbing products prohibited?

The law prohibits any person from introducing into commerce any pipe, or plumbing fitting or fixture that is not lead free after August 6, 1998, except for a pipe that is used in manufacturing or industrial processing. This exception applies to any process where the water conveyed by the plumbing or distribution system is not used directly or indirectly for human consumption. EPA interprets "introducing into commerce" to include the wholesale and retail sales of these materials. Thus, the sale or distribution of any pipe, or any pipe or plumbing fitting or fixture, that is not lead free, is prohibited after the deadline established by the SDWA subject to the exception described above. Additional information can be obtained at

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