Drinking Water System Components - Health Effects
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ANSI/NSF Standard 61 certification
UL is able to meet all of your certification needs for drinking water system components including:
- Barrier materials
- Joining and sealing materials
- Mechanical devices
- Mechanical plumbing devices
- Pipes and related products
- Process media
ANSI/NSF Standard 372 low-lead certification
Federal efforts to control lead concentrations in drinking water began in 1974 with the passage of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Under the SDWA, drinking water system components must qualify as “lead-free” by complying with federal requirements. In January, 2011, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act defined stricter “lead-free” requirements by reducing the maximum lead content levels needed for compliance. These provisions will take effect in January 2014.
Concurrently, a number of states have moved quickly over the past few years to enact regulation aimed at reducing the lead content of drinking water system components. More restrictive state limits are already in effect in California and Vermont, and new lead content restrictions are set to take effect in Maryland next year.
To assist manufacturers in demonstrating compliance to the low-lead laws, UL offers certification to ANSI/NSF 372.
Visit UL Knowledge Services to download our low-lead white paper: An Overview of Regulations for Lead Levels in Drinking Water System Components.