What is AB1953 ?
California AB 1953 (or Vermont S152 if you get a
Vermont query) is a law that further limits the weighted
average (amount of) lead content in pipes, fittings and
plumbing fixtures used to convey drinking to a maximum
of .25% on wetted services. This is less than the
allowable level in most states whose standards are based
on the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which has been
very effective in making drinking water safer.
When does AB1953 go into effect?
January 1, 2010
can I identify models on eFaucets.com that are CA or VT
or MD compliant?
This icon is used to signify any model that is CA
(California) or VT (Vermont) or MD (Maryland) compliant.
It appears on the Product Detail page of any faucet that
What products are affected by AB1953?
Any devices designed for purposes of dispensing water for human consumption. Examples of faucets
or products impacted by AB1953 include Kitchen
Faucets, Pot Fillers, Bar Faucets, Bathroom Faucets, Hot
Water Dispensers, Cold Water Dispensers, Supply Stops,
and Water Fountains.
What products are not affected by AB1953?
Any devices designed for purposes other than dispensing water for human consumption. Examples of faucets
or products not impacted by AB1953 include Shower
Faucets, Sinks, Bathroom Accessories, Electronic
products, Laundry Faucets, and Lavatory Fittings.
Who is effected?
All consumers and businesses distributing plumbing products in California.
What products are affected by AB1953?
All devices at the point-of-use that are intended to dispense water for human consumption. According to AB1953:
"No person shall introduce into commerce, for use in California, any pipe, pipe or plumbing fitting, or fixture intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking water or cooking that is not lead free. This includes kitchen faucets, bathroom faucets, and any other end-use devices intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking."
Examples of the products this bill will cover include kitchen faucets, bar faucets, manual lavatory faucets, supply stops, bubblers, glass fillers and pot fillers.
Why is meeting this new standard important?
Products that do not meet the criteria as outlined by AB1953 by January 1, 2010 cannot be sold in the State of California.
Do I need to get a new faucet just because mine is
one of the old ones?
No. Previously installed
faucets are not affected. Only faucets sold in
California, Vermont and Maryland beginning in January, 2010 must
meet the new standard.
Does the AB1953 requirement or standard vary for residential and commercial applications?
The AB1953 lead content standard does not distinguish between residential and commercial uses. Any installation of a product intended to dispense water for human consumption must meet the lead content standards of this new law.
How do I know if a product is certified to meet this new standard?
Products must receive certification from an
independent ANSI-approved, third-party testing
organization. The manufacturer and the third-party
organization that tested the products to the AB1953
standard will be able to provide proper documentation.
If you are changing to no lead, does that mean all
this time my faucet is poisoning me with lead?
According to the Plumbing Manufacturers Institute (PMI),
lead levels have been reduced to nearly immeasurable
amounts due to advancements in materials and
manufacturing processes. Where trace amounts of lead
have been found in drinking water, aging infrastructure,
including pipe and plumbing system components, have been
the main contributors of trace amounts of lead in the
How is AB1953 different from the existing NSF61, Section 9?
AB1953 does not replace NSF61. AB1953 specifically addresses the lead content used in manufacturing the products, while NSF61 is a performance standard that measures the amount of lead and other metals that may leach into the water at the point-of-use. Chicago Faucets will continue to meet the NSF61, Section 9 requirement on applicable products.
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