On July 29, 2020, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools, and other facilities. This is one of many actions to reduce childhood lead exposure, which has been recognized as a significant problem contributing to brain and central nervous system effects and can cause comas, behavioral disorders, and permanent loss of cognitive ability as measured by IQ levels. Specifically, the “Lead-Free Rule”, which becomes effective 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, reduces the percentage of lead content allowed in these materials from eight percent to 0.25 percent pursuant to the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. The Act requires manufacturers get plumbing products certified as “lead free” by an accredited third party. You can learn more about the rule on EPA’s website by going HERE and can view a copy of the new rule HERE. The Agency has also produced a brochure on How to Identify Lead Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water Systems & Plumbing Products. That brochure is accessible HERE. An additional resource explaining the new rule is a Fact Sheet jointly produced by the American Water Works Association, the National Sanitation Foundation-International, and the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, and Plumbing Manufacturers International. This Fact Sheet is available HERE.