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No Lead - AB1953

Frequently Asked Questions about Assembly Bill 1953 (AB1953)


Recently, the California Legislature passed laws to increase protection of the public from exposure to lead in drinking water. The intent of this legislation is to reduce the lead content in plumbing components intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption.

When doe AB1953 go into effect?

January 1, 2010

Who is affected?

All consumers, businesses and manufacturers distributing plumbing products in California.

What products are affected by AB1953?

The law requires pipes and pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, or fixtures intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking to meet the new "lead-free" definition.

Additionally, any other end-use devices intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking must meet the new lead-free requirement.

Examples include kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets and drinking water fountains. Service saddles, back-flow preventers for non-potable services such as irrigation and industrial, and water distribution main gate valves that are two inches in diameter and above are not covered by the law.

Products that do not meet the requirements outlined in AB1953 by January 1, 2010 are not to be sold in the state of California.

Product Certification

A certification must be issued by an independent American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited third party. The manufacturer and the third-party organization that tested the products to the AB1953 standard can provide proper certification documentation.

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