The “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act was enacted on January 4, 2011 to amend Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA or Act) respecting the use and introduction into commerce of lead pipes, plumbing fittings or fixtures, solder and flux. The Act established a prospective effective date of January 4, 2014, which provided a three year timeframe for affected parties to transition to the new requirements. In anticipation of these changes taking effect, EPA is providing the following summary of the requirements of the lead ban provisions in Section 1417 and some answers to frequently asked questions related to the amendments to assist manufacturers, retailers, and plumbers in understanding the changes to the law and how EPA intends to implement it.
On August 16, 2012, EPA held a public webinar with external stakeholders to discuss the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and the potential ramifications that this change in law may have.
Participants included public utilities, government agencies, plumbing manufacturers, plumbing retailers and trade associations. At the end of this webinar, EPA solicited comments from the attendees on issues and concerns related to the new requirements. For more information, click here: http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/upload/epa815p13001.pdf