Elkhart Product Corporation has implemented a low-lead initiative to ensure our customers have products that comply with new lead-free laws in California and Vermont. This page is provided as an information resource to address questions about the lead-free laws that take effect on January 1, 2010.
California has enacted AB1953 which amends the Health and Safety Code (§116875, subd. (d).), changing the definition of "Lead-Free" in the code. Vermont has enacted similar legislation (S152).
Starting January 1, 2010, the maximum allowable lead content in "lead-free" pipes, pipe or plumbing fittings, and fixtures intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking is as follows: 0.25 percent lead in wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures, as determined by a weighted average
Products affected by the new laws
The requirements specifically apply to pipes, pipe or plumbing fittings, fixtures, solder, or flux intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption.
Products excluded by the new laws
Excluded Products: service saddles, backflow preventers for non-potable services such as irrigation and industrial, water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter and above are excluded.
Elkhart Products Corporation's Low-Lead Products
To reference EPC's products listed under NSF61, Annex G, click on www.nsf.org. On "Business" tab, click on Drinking Water System Components, search on "Elkhart"
- EPC Products complying with low lead regulations may be marked with the following markings:
- Compliant product may also bear a bismuth or silicon mark which is also an indication of compliance: