Plumbing Manufacturers International Congratulates California’s Adoption of Industry’s Lead-Testing Requirement for Certified Drinking Water Devices

SACRAMENTO, Calif., October 10, 2021 – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) congratulates California Governor Gavin Newsom and California legislature on passing the Assembly Bill (AB) 100. The AB 100, written by assembly member Chris Holden Adopts the NSF / ANSI / CAN 61 2020 industry standard as the lead test requirement for certified drinking water terminals sold in California.

NSF / ANSI / CAN 61 2020 was developed by the Joint Committee on Drinking Water Additives – System Components, supported by NSF International, and published last year as the new industry standard for the amount of lead that can be leached from sanitary products during testing. The standard reduces the permissible amount of lead that is washed out during product testing by five times – from the previously permissible Q ≤ 5 micrograms (µg) to Q ≤ 1 µg. One microgram is equal to one millionth of a gram, for comparison: a grain of salt is 60 times larger than 1 microgram.

“It is gratifying to see California adopt the NSF 61 requirements and validate the outstanding work of the committee,” said Kerry Stackpole, CEO / Executive Director of PMI. “California’s adoption of this industry standard marks another milestone in innovation in our industry’s ongoing efforts to deliver water-efficient, high-performance sanitary products.”

Products that meet the new requirement are marked with “NSF / ANSI / CAN 61: Q ≤ 1”.

Products that conform to California’s adopted NSF / ANSI / CAN 61 2020 standard are labeled “NSF / ANSI / CAN 61: Q ≤ 1” next to the product’s scannable barcode on the packaging; this wording can also be supplemented by the logo of the certifier for sanitary products. The NSF 61 standard for manufacturers will become mandatory in California on January 1, 2023 under the new law and in the rest of the USA and Canada on January 1, 2024. Products that meet the standard are available on the market immediately. The PMI website, How to Purchase a Low-Lead Faucet or Drinking Water Device, helps consumers identify these compliant products.

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Stackpole found that most of the lead in drinking water comes from lead pipes that connect homes and commercial properties to the water network, rather than from plumbing. PMI supports the infrastructure bill currently before the US Congress; the bill provides $ 45 billion for the removal of lead pipe service lines across the country.

The standard was approved by the Council of Public Health Consultants and ratified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC) according to their standard development processes. The joint committee is composed of balanced representatives from the regulatory / public health, manufacturing and consumer sectors.

About sanitary manufacturers international

Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) is the trade association of sanitary ware manufacturers who manufacture more than 90% of the United States’ sanitary ware products, represent more than 150 iconic brands, and develop safe, reliable, and innovative water efficient plumbing technologies. PMI members contribute to more than 464,000 jobs and $ 85.5 billion in economic impact on the American economy.

With a vision of safe, responsible plumbing, PMI is always committed to the performance of plumbing products that contribute to water efficiency and savings, sustainability, public health and safety, and consumer satisfaction. PMI members manufacture and market water-efficient toilets, urinals, faucets, shower heads and other products in more than 70 locations across the country and online and in more than 24,000 hardware stores, hardware stores and showrooms in all 50 states. For more information on PMI, contact 1750 Tysons Blvd., Ste. 1500, McLean, Virginia, 22102; Tel .: 847-481-5500.

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