Final Rule Issued for Use of Lead-Free Pipes

On July 29, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the final regulation “Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder, and Flux for Drinking Water.” In the final rule, EPA makes conforming changes to existing regulations based on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and the Community Fire Safety Act enacted by Congress.

The final rule also requires that manufacturers or importers certify their products meet the requirements using a consistent verification process within three years of the final rule publication date in the Federal Register. As a result, this new rule will reduce lead in drinking water and ensure states, manufacturers, inspectors and consumers have a common understanding of “lead-free” plumbing. Read complete details at