October 25, 2013
Dear valued customers,
PRIER has been keenly aware of the lead free legislation and has been closely monitoring this bill (link listed below) with the EPA, ASA Lobby Partners and our certifying laboratories. PRIER is lead free for valves that fall under the jurisdiction of the upcoming Senate Bill 3874-Reducing Lead in Safe Drinking Water Act, namely the PRIER 20 series stop valves and the 22 series stop and waste valves.
From the letter of the law and its interpretation by said testing bodies, PRIER's "hose threaded" products are exempt. Senate Bill 3874 (Reducing Lead in Safe Drinking Water Act), effective January 4, 2014 amends the current legislation to require all plumbing valves to meet a new standard of no more than .25% of wetted surfaces can contain leaded brass. This bill also states the following exemptions clause:
"The prohibitions in paragraphs 1 & 3 shall not apply to- "pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings or fixtures, including backflow preventers, that are used exclusively for non-potable services such as manufacturing, industrial processing, irrigation, outdoor watering, or any other uses where the water is not anticipated to be used for human consumption;" or "toilets, bidets, urinals, fill valves, flushometer valves, tub fillers, shower valves, service saddles, or water distribution main gate valves that are 2 inches in diameter or larger" [emphasis added].
In this regard, the majority of PRIER's products meet this "exempt" status because they are for non-potable outdoor watering usage. PRIER's exempt parts will be labeled accordingly. In reviewing this law with the other "hose threaded valve" manufacturers, we are in like status.
PRIER National Sales Manager