Lead reduction bill becomes law Jan. 4, 2014.
national “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” was signed into law by
President Barack Obama on January 4, 2011, and will become effective January 4,
2014. Plumbing Manufacturers International (
this allows ample time for manufacturers to comply.
This bill lowers the national standard for lead in faucets,
pipe and pipe fittings to 0.25%.
“The previous national standard was 8.0%, which the industry considered too
high,” said PMI Executive Director
Barbara Higgens. “Many in
the plumbing manufacturing industry are already meeting these reduced
standards. However, without a uniform national standard, a patchwork of requirements
could have emerged.
“PMI was on top of this legislation from its inception and
worked to aggressively lobby members of the Senate and House to pass the bill
through Capitol Hill visits, letters and phone calls to representatives,” Higgens
“This is an exciting victory, primarily for consumers, and also for the
plumbing manufacturing industry, as well as for wholesalers, retailers,
contractors and others involved with the production, distribution, sales and
installation of these products,” she said. “There is widespread support within
the industry for this legislation, including the members of PMI, which make up
95% of the small, medium and large plumbing manufacturers.”
President Obama Signs Reduction Of Lead Bill
January 10, 2011