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  QUESTION: Lead-free tap ware - faucets, 11 Nov 2005, Victoria Australia

To whom it may concern,

I am a building designer interested in sourcing tap ware which is not chrome plated (for environmental/health reasons,) I was hoping that brass tap ware would be an appropriate replacement. I am, however, concerned about lead leachate in drinking water and would like to know where I can find reliable information on the topic.
I understand the Australian standard is 5% lead in brass tap ware. Is this level of concern? Are there ways to remediate the problem without chrome plating? Is there a no-lead brass tap ware range available?

If you were able to shed light on any of these questions I would be very grateful.

Anthony Wright

ANSWER: 11 Nov 2005

Update 2010  Do faucets have lead?

Most faucets purchased prior to 1997 were constructed of brass or chrome-plated brass containing up to 8 percent lead (the main metals in brass are copper and zinc). Water sitting overnight (or for several hours) in a brass faucet tends to leach lead from the brass faucet interior which may produce relatively high lead levels in the first draw of drinking water. Due to recent regulations, most faucets purchased after 1997 contain less lead than previously used thereby lessening the potential health risks from the first-draw of water. Lead is of potential health concern, especially for children and pregnant women, since it can build up in the body and cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys. More... Identifying & Purchasing Lead-Free Faucets

PSI Water Filters AUSTRALIA Lead free tap ware, Our faucet range are all NSF certified to not contain lead.

Doulton USA 

  • Solid lead-free brass body
  • 2.2 GPM flow rate
  • Quarter turn ceramic disk valve
  • Spout swivels through 360 degrees
  • Lifetime drip-free warranty
  • Installs on 1/2 in. or standard sink hole on either side of the main faucet
  • Exceeds all US standards, including NSF Notice to our California and Vermont customers: Testing is complete! Legacy Brass faucets comply with California's new "no-lead" law, AB 1953. eFaucets lead free faucets Safer Drinking Water from Every Faucet - American Standard is lead-free* in 2009!

Historically, our faucets have used less lead than many of our competitors, thanks to our investment in a low-lead manufacturing technology more than 25 years ago.

*Now American Standard's new alloy formulation reduces the amount of lead even further by replacing lead with bismuth. This means you still get the same high-quality faucets and mere trace amounts of lead. In fact, our new faucets have less than one quarter of one percent (0.25%) total lead content by weighted average!

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