The amount of lead in drinking water has been regulated by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the guidelines of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act established in 1974. On January 4, 2011, the Federal Drinking Water Act was amended by Senate Bill 3874 to require not more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings and fixtures.
The new requirements for drinking water will take effect January, 2014. Viega ProPress copper and Zero Lead bronze products currently meet the new Federal requirements. Viega is committed to producing the safest, most reliable fittings for use in potable water systems. January 1, 2010, California’s AB 1953 and Vermont’s Act 193 went into effect mandating that all potable water products, including pipe and plumbing fittings, contain no more than 0.25 percent lead. In January 2012, Maryland will require plumbing codes to be updated to enforce this requirement.
Viega ProPress copper, ProPress Zero Lead bronze and many Viega PureFlow PEX piping and fitting products currently meet the 2014 Federal requirements.
Viega ProPress offers a system that:
Viega PureFlow offers a systems that:
can circulate hot potable water
provides the innovative, lead-free MANABLOC parallel water distribution manifold
incorporates fittings made from Zero Lead materials