Lead Free Resources
Per the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, (legislation amending the Safe Drinking Water Act) the use and sale of lead pipes, plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder and flux has further been restricted in Pennsylvania and nationwide.
Effective January 4, 2014, pipe, fittings, valves, faucets, backflow preventers, pipeline strainers, etc. manufactured from or containing leaded alloys may not be used for potable water installations.
We at Yeager Supply have adjusted our inventory to ensure that we have compliant products available to ship for next-day delivery. To comply with these Federal regulations, we are no longer supplying leaded brass products anticipated for use in potable water applications.
It is not too late to educate yourself and your employees or co-workers about this law and its consequences.
Additional literature can be found on the government and manufacturers’ websites, including the following:
US Environmental Protection Agency
For official information the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act, including draft EPA interpretations of the Federal law, select the following links to view the government agencies' websites.
Professional/Trade Organization Resources
Get The Lead Out
The Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium's training site should be at the top of your list for information regarding the new regulations. The Consortium includes representatives from manufacturers, engineering associations, trade organizations, and supply associations. This page has links to training manuals, action plans, and soldering resources.
Safe Plumbing is the educational site of the Plumbing Manufacturers International, a trade association of plumbing products manufacturers.
The NSF site is the home for standards and testing of low lead products. The relevant documents are Standard 61 and Standard 372.
American Standard faucets have been available lead free since 2009.
Apollo/Conbraco has indicated that they will still make their line of industrial valves available after 2014 in addition to their lead-free offering.
Bradley was one of the first manufacturers to introduce lead free thermostatic mixing valves.
Harris manufactures a full line plumbing solders, NSF certified for lead-free/potable water applications.
Merit Brass lead free products include fittings, nipples and pipe in cast, brass and stainless steel materials.
MERIT - Lead Free
At Mueller Industries, we continue to meet the needs of the changing plumbing industry and are proud to offer a wide array of quality, NSF-61 certified, lead-free products*.
Mueller Industries - Lead Free
NIBCO has been a domestic manufacturer of lead free plumbing products since 1992.
Rectorseal's Nokorode Regular Paste and Aqua fluxes are NSF 61 Annex G certified lead-free for use on potable water lines - and stocked at Yeager Supply.
Viega, a leading manufacturer of press-end valves and fittings, has been an early adopter of lead-free alloys in the manufacture of their products.