Wednesday, December 30, 2009

CA/VT Compliant Gets the Lead Out

Attention customers living in California and Vermont!

Starting Friday, new CA/VT compliance laws go into affect in these states that reduce the amount of lead allowed in faucets and fixtures that carry drinking water. Allowable levels will drop from 8% lead per weight to .25% lead per weight, and only kitchen faucets and bathroom lavatory faucets are impacted at this time. Shower faucets and other fixtures are not affected.

Because there is no safe level of lead in drinking water, CA/VT compliance laws further reduce the risk of lead exposure. Lead leaching into drinking water can lead to a number of conditions such as delayed development in children and high blood pressure in adults.

The new CA/VT law means customers who live in either California or Vermont can only order faucets and fixtures from that meet the new compliance. It is against the law for or any company to sell or ship faucets and fixtures to California and Vermont that are not CA/VT compliant.

To make sure shopping at remains the easy process customers expect, each product that meets CA/VT compliance will be marked with a black checkmark icon. has made help easy to find by clicking here.

Do I have to purchase the CA/VT substitute?
The new laws state that residents are not allowed to install faucets and fixtures that do not meet CA/VT compliance. Most manufacturers have two versions of their products, and, yes, they might a little more expensive given the increased costs of manufacturing and added brass materials. By not using or installing CA/VT compliant faucets and fixtures, residents in California and Vermont risk running afoul of state building codes, which can affect building and plumbing permits and passing inspection.
Could Lead Get Into My Drinking Water?
Lead gets into water after the water leaves the local treatment plant or well and is typically caused by pipe or soldering corrision in your home's plumbing. Corrosion results from the reaction between water and the plumbing parts. Dissolved oxygen, low pH (acidity), and low mineral content in water are common causes of corrosion. Grounding utility wires - electric and telephone, most commonly - to water pipes can increase corrosion from the electric current running through the pipes. Eliminating the lead content in home plumbing is an effective control of lead in drinking or cooking water.
Professionals are also affected since plumbing fixtures, including pipes, joints, and fittings need to meet CA/VT compliance as well.
Several brands available through such as Delta Faucets, Danze Faucets, and Moen Faucets are already working to redesign faucets and fixtures to meet CA/VT compliance. They anticipate other states will follow the CA/VT example and the new regulations will become industry standard.
As always, representatives are available via live chat, email, and phone to answer any questions.


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