California's AB1953 Lead Law: Tips and Reminders

Waaaaay back in 2006, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed California AB1953 into law. This law reduces the maximum allowable lead content in plumbing that carries drinking water to just 0.25% weighted average. The law took effect on January 1, 2010. "So what" you say?

The "so what" part of this bill is that business in California are no longer allowed to install kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets, or any other types of pipe, or pipe fitting that does not meet the bill's standards ("end-use devices intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking."). Vermont has also enacted similar legislation, also effective as of January 1, 2010.

What this means for you as a WEBstaurantStore customer is that some products we sell on the site (for example, hand sinks that include a faucet) might not meet these newer, tighter regulations in their standard configuration. For example, Advance Tabco clearly states on their hand sink Specification Sheets which faucet must be substituted to meet the AB1953 requirements.

As with many laws like this, I suspect it's only a matter of time until other states follow suit. But for now, if you're in California or Vermont, please take some extra time to read the product's Specification Sheet before placing your order to see if you need to order a different faucet with your sink!

Speaking of faucets, you will see that we carry quite a few from T&S Brass. As of January 1, 2010, all of their products are now being manufacturered to comply with the new standards automatically! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our friendly Customer Service Representatives!

Posted in: Restaurant Equipment | By Brian Montgomery
Josh Donaldson Says:

Good post Brian. Very informative.

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