Do You Need a Lead-Free Faucet for Your Restaurant?
Have you heard? There are new health code requirements for commercial grade faucets. Thankfully, it's not too complicated, and you've come to the right place. Here's a breakdown of what you need to know:
The EPA estimates that 14-20% of all lead exposure in the US is from drinking water. The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act brings new regulations to commercial plumbing decreasing exposure to lead, keeping Americans safe and healthy. Newly installed faucets in 2014 used for potable purposes must contain less than .25% lead.
What about your current setup? While we don't recommend it, you can keep older faucets containing larger amounts of lead and you won't get in trouble. Starting in January 2014, however, you simply won't be able to install anything but a lead free faucet. Any new installations must conform to the new regulations.
"Whoa wait," you might ask, "were we drinking ourselves to death before all this?" Short answer: nope. Faucets manufactured since 1998 have been at least 92% lead free. While 8% probably won't get you sick, as the EPA has suggested any increased exposure to lead is harmful. Thankfully, the new act reduces the amount of lead so that there’s virtually no trace.
Your relationships with customers are your business, and this act is another step toward their good health and continued satisfaction. They trust you to serve delicious food in a fun atmosphere, and you love providing that for them.
It’s not all just fun and games, though. You have a responsibility to protect their health, and lead free faucets are one more way you can keep them safe and build a better business.