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Updated status of low-lead requirements for potable plumbing products in Canada


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May 31, 2013

Earlier in 2013, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH) released an update on the status of low-lead policies in Canada.  CIPH and the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association (CCBDA) have since come together to offer a  bulletin with additional information to clarify the impact of changes to the U.S.’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) on the Canadian market. The changes come into effect on January 4, 2014. The key revision to the Act that affects the plumbing industry is the change in the definition of “lead free.” The new regulation significantly reduces the current allowable level of lead content from that content which complies with the industry standard (NSF 61) or eight per cent dependent on product, down to no more than a weighted average lead content of 0.25 per cent on wetted surfaces when evaluated for pipes, valves, pipe fittings, and plumbing fittings, anticipated to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking. CIPH and CCBDA are organizing an information webinar lead by CSA Group to discuss the recent updates. Registration details will be available shortly. For more information contact Stephen Knapp  or Kevin Wong.


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