After months of negotiation and intense work on the part of the California legislature, American Supply Association and its coalition partners, AB 100 has been signed into law by California Governor Gavin Newsom.
ASA worked with its coalition partners at Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the California Retailers Association (CRA) and the California Building Industries Association (CBIA) to achieve a result to benefit all parties and reduce the amount of lead in drinking water statewide.
Introduced by Assembly member Chris Holden, AB 100 ensures early compliance with the NSF 61 2020 standard in California. Specifically, the bill:
- Requires, January 1, 2022, all NSF 61 2020-compliant products will be labeled according to the standard itself, with the mark ‘NSF/ANSI/CAN 61: Q<1’ (labeling requirement);
- Requires, on January 1, 2023, all endpoint products manufactured on or after this date, be certified to the NSF 61 2020 standard (manufacture date); and
- Requires, on July 1, 2023, that all endpoint products available for sale be certified to the NSF 61 2020 standard (sell-by date).
This is a positive result that provides manufacturers time to get compliant products into the supply chain and provides wholesalers/distributors a reasonable amount of time to reduce inventory.
ASA was represented in Sacramento by California Strategies, which coordinated a successful legislative strategy that included stakeholders from across the spectrum, culminating in the passage of the legislation in both chambers and signed by the governor into law.
As a result, AB 100 will substantially reduce lead in drinking water, across California, for generations to come.