California lead law - new faucets

Discussion in 'Plumbing Forum, Professional & DIY Advice' started by C_roll, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. C_roll

    C_roll New Member

    Jul 23, 2010
    los angeles
    I'm replacing a faucet in my kitchen and noticed that California now requires (as of 2010) all faucets be lead free. I purchased mine in 2009 - it doesn't comply with the new code. Does anyone have any experience with this? Are the building inspectors enforcing it?

  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    It is not legal to offer for sale in California a leaded faucet. You have a faucet you purchased previously, legally; it would take a major buttnik inspector to give you grief, but I can't guarantee it.

    By the way, to my knowledge no one has ever developed any lead poisoning from their faucet, I don't know if they science ever proved that lead was routinely leaching out of brass faucets, only that it COULD.
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    The Feds are working on making a version of the CA law universal. And as a sidebar, the Department of Energy has changed the ruling on shower heads to define them as ONE shower head to a shower stall, OR only ONE shower head can be activated at a time. They inserted the definition into the code without discussion and the manufacturers only discovered it after reading the code. It is up for debate soon, and they are trying to get it reversed.
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