Retrofit and Replacement: Codes and Regulations
Building codes and regulations change to reflect new understandings in safety and health issues. When it comes to plumbing systems, one of the largest health concerns in the industry currently is lead contamination in water.
Studies show that reducing lead in the nation’s drinking water could save an estimated $10.8 – 53.1 million in related healthcare costs.
The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (42 USC 300G) will take effect nationally on January 2, 2014. This new law requires that any valve, fitting, or fixture coming in contact with potable water contain a weighted average of less than 0.25 percent lead content.
Some states such as California and Vermont have already adopted laws that limit the use of lead in plumbing fixtures, with other states following suit. To help ensure early compliance with these and other lead-based regulations, Zurn already offers a number of lead-free product options.