ASPE Joins Consortium Members to Discuss Lead-Reduction Law

Summary: 
<p>On November 9, members of the Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium met with the media to explain how the group is helping the industry understand the federal &quot;lead-free&quot; law.</p>

Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium Highlight Impact of the Lead Free* Law

Members of the newly-formed Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium met on Nov. 9, 2012 with media representatives to highlight how the group is working together to explain the impact of the national “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” on the plumbing industry. The meeting was held at the Plumbing Manufacturers International offices in Rolling Meadow, Ill., at the invitation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation.

Roger Peugeot, vice chair of the PHCC Educational Foundation and owner of Roger the Plumber in Kansas City, Mo., spoke on behalf of the consortium. Peugeot explained how industry-wide compliance with the amended Safe Drinking Water Act that takes effect on January 4, 2014, will reduce the permissible levels of lead in pipe, fittings and fixtures to a weighted average less than or equal to 0.25 percent from the current national standard of an 8.0 percent maximum. 

The mission of the Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium is to provide widespread education about the manufacture, distribution and installation of Lead Free* plumbing products. To this end, the consortium has developed a training program about Lead Free* plumbing products that will be offered at industry meetings in 2013. Online training options will also be available, as well as a website that will include a calendar of events, FAQs and other resources.

Members of the consortium include:
  • American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)
  • American Supply Association (ASA)
  • International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO)
  • International Code Council (ICC)
  • Legend Valve
  • Milwaukee Valve
  • NIBCO INC.
  • Plumbing Heating Cooling Contractors - National Association (PHCC)
  • PHCC Educational Foundation
  • Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI)
  • Reliance Worldwide
  • Viega, LLC
  • Watts Water Technologies

* Lead Free refers to the wetted surface of pipe, fittings and fixtures in potable water systems that have a weighted average <=0.25% per the Safe Drinking Water Act (Sec. 1417) amended 1-4-2011 and other equivalent state regulations.