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About the Safe Drinking Water Act

What is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)?
The Safe Drinking Water Act, first passed in 1974, and significantly amended in the 1980’s and 90’s, sets the minimum requirements for drinking water quality and safety. It is implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and enforced primarily by individual states.

What is the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act?
It is a US federal law that amends the Safe Drinking Water Act and sets new, lower standards, for the amount of lead permissible in plumbing products that come into contact with potable (drinking) water. Though the EPA has the primary responsibility for interpreting the SDWA, each individual state will be responsible for enforcing the new regulation starting January 4, 2014.

Are there any exceptions to the law?
The new standard does not apply to pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures that are used exclusively for non-potable services. Examples of such services may include manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption.


Additional Resources

    NSF 61 Certification Directory
    UL Certification Directory
    Explanation of SDWA
    SDWA Frequently Asked Questions
    EPA Lead and Copper Rule