No Lead Laws and Regulations - Tampa Bay Area Purchasing

No Lead Laws & Regulations
Tampa Bay Area Coop Meeting
March 27, 2013
Today’s Agenda
What Are ANSI and NSF?
Reduction of Lead Drinking Water Act
John & Tom Discuss Impact from
Manufacturing Perspective
• Q&A
• In January of 2011, the President signed into
law Senate Bill 3874 and created the Reduction
of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
• This legislation amended the Safe Drinking
Water Act to reduce the allowable lead content
in all products in contact with drinking water
from 8.0% to 0.25% (weighted average).
What is ANSI and NSF?
• ANSI – American National Standards Institute
– Oversees the development of voluntary consensus
standards for products in the US
– Accredits national standards developing organizations
– Only US representative to International Organization for
Standardization (ISO)
• NSF – National Sanitation Foundation
– A public health and environmental organization that
provides standards development, product certification,
auditing, education and risk management services
– Developed more than 77 public health and safety
NSF/ANSI Standard 61
Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects
– Covers all products in contact with drinking water (from source to tap)
1. Restricts intentional use of lead in any product to brass and bronze
– Annex G – weighted average lead content of 0.25% (15 ppb)
• Optional (until Jan 2014)
2. Limits the amount of leachable contaminates from all drinking water
– Annex F – Reduces maximum lead leach limit by a factor of 3 (from
15 ppb to 5 ppb) for all NSF Standard 61 certified products
• Required. Effective Date: July 1, 2012
When does the new law take
• •Nationally: This new law goes into effect on January 4,
• •Some states have adopted laws with more aggressive
timelines for no-lead brass
– –California: Already requires no-lead brass
– –Vermont: Already requires no-lead brass
– –Maryland: No-lead brass required by 1/1/2012
– –Louisiana: No-lead brass required by 1/1/2013
*FLORIDA IS NOT an early adaptor – Follows National Law
NSF – ASDWA Survey
• ASDWA – Association of State Drinking Water Administrators
• Drinking water system components fall into two categories of
– Municipal and distribution products up through the water
meter are typically regulated by state drinking water
– Water distribution systems downstream of the water
meter or inside a building are typically regulated by state
or local plumbing codes
• 46 states have legislation, regulations or policies requiring or
recommending drinking water system components to comply
with NSF/ANSI Standard 61
Are any products exempt?
• The new law applies to the wetted
surfaces of any product used in a potable
(drinking) water system
• Products used for non-drinking water
applications (reclaimed, industrial, etc.)
and brass service saddles are exempt
from the no-lead requirements
John Edwards and
Tom Lower
with Ford Meter
How will this impact current
• In response to the California no-lead law, NSF Standard 61 Annex G
was created in 2008 to provide independent certification to the
California law
• In 2010 NSF Standard 372 was created to permit all products to have
independent certification to the new state laws. NSF 372 will supersede
Annex G
• NSF 61 is a voluntary standard currently specified in a number of
• AWWA C800 currently references the Safe Drinking Water Act
requirements and will be updated nearer to 2014 to remove leaded
brass from the permitted wetted contact material list
• NFS/ANSI Standard 372 is our primary focus moving forward for
users not requiring NSF/ANSI Standard 61
No-Lead, Low Lead, Lead Free, Federalloy,
•Basically, these terms all mean the same thing…
– We do anticipate future standards and
specifications to clarify some of the industry
jargon, as well as the variety of product
labeling that exists today. 5 The new Federal
Law carries the most weight for the Ford
Meter Box Company by specifically defining
the allowable lead content (0.25%) of our
brass products in 2014.
Made from UNS/CDA No C89833 cast alloy
UL Classified to NSF/ANSI Standard 61 and
Standard 372
Brass components in contact with potable
water shall be of No-Lead Alloy (UNS/CDA
No C89833)
UNS/CDA No C89833 conforms to AWWA
C800 and ASTM B-584
Components that do not come in contact
with potable water shall be UNS/CDA No
C83600 - 85-5-5-5 and shall conform to
AWWA Standard C800 (ASTM B-62 and
ASTM B-584)
Ford No-Lead products are identified by
“NL” on the major body component
No-Lead Brass
Good News
Ford Meter Box is Ready!
• Ford provides (and stocks)
a complete no-lead line of
brass waterworks products
that meet the new
• Add the “-NL” suffix to your
current part numbers
No-Lead Brass
• Ford No-Lead
products are
identified by “NL” on
the major body
• •Ford No-Lead
products are
packaged with a
lime-green box
label, and have “NL” at the end of
product number
What does this mean for
• All current waterworks brass
inventory becomes obsolete and
can not be sold (or used) after
January 4th, 2014 (unless your
state adopts an earlier deadline)
• Begin planning now to cycle out
your current brass inventory and
replace with the new no-lead brass
• Contact your local Ford Meter Box
representative to develop a
transition plan