Dec 22, 2009

WQA Develops Program for Low Lead Laws in California, Vermont

Testing and certification initiative responds to new state rules

The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) announced a new certification program for companies facing low lead laws that will go into effect Jan. 1 in California.

Beginning in 2010, California state law will prohibit the introduction into commerce of any product intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption that is not “lead free,” as defined in the California Health and Safety Code Section 116875 revisions as per Assembly Bill (AB) 1953. The maximum allowable lead content will be 0.2% lead in solder and flux, and 0.25% lead in products made to convey or dispense drinking water, determined by a weighted average of wetted surface areas.

All pipe, pipe or plumbing fixtures, solder or flux must be certified by an independent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited-third-party certification body. Other products covered by the new California regulation (such as drinking water treatment products) may be required to obtain certification through an ANSI-accredited certification body as well.

WQA now offers certification for low lead compliance to California regulations and will work with companies to be compliant before the Jan. 1 deadline. Vermont has passed similar rules, which are covered by the new WQA certification program.

Under the process:
&#149 WQA will perform a desktop review of lead content; &#149 WQA’s laboratory will perform XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) scanning on materials that contain lead in their formulation and some materials that are disclosed not to contain lead in their formulation to confirm the exact lead content;
&#149 Digestion will be performed if the results from the XRF scan are higher than the disclosed percentage lead content; and
&#149 Products registered under California’s Water Treatment Device Certification Law will not require additional third party certification to the low lead standard, but all products will have to comply with the revisions to the California Health and Safety Code using one of the following methods: self-certify or substantiate that products comply, third party laboratory testing demonstrating compliance, and product certification using an ANSI-accredited certification body to verify compliance.