Collierville, Tenn., December 14, 2012 — The “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” (Federal Public Law 111‐380) will become effective January 4, 2014. This new legislation reduces the allowable lead content to less than 0.25% weighted average of wetted surfaces in drinking water pipes, pipe fittings, and plumbing fixtures.
This new legislation affects Water‐Tite and Guy Gray branded Ice Maker and Dishwasher Outlet Boxes, Hammer Arresters, and Angle Stop and Toilet Connection Boxes (Toilet Connection Boxes as they can be used as Angle Stops). The non‐compliant versions of these products cannot be installed after January 4, 2014, and there is no grandfather provision for their installation after this date.
In an effort to aid you in the process of converting your inventory, IPS is announcing that a full, competitively priced Lead Free product offering will be available for purchase on March 1, 2013. Many high volume items are already in stock. Enclosed with this letter is a list of affected items, their Lead Free replacement, and the Lead Free products’ pertinent set‐up data. We strongly encourage you to begin converting your inventory to these compliant products as soon as possible.
In an effort to aid your company and customers in identifying IPS’ Lead Free products, all product packaging will be labeled to reflect “Lead Free” and include the following check mark logo . Outlet box valves will also be stamped with the lead free checkmark, and will contain a new, WHITE handle for quick identification of lead free status.
Leaded products will remain for sale until inventory is depleted, but will be subject to the following return and restocking schedule:
- Between now and January 31, 201325% restocking fee
- February 1‐28, 201350% restocking fee
- March 1‐31, 201375% restocking fee
- April 1, 2013No Returns Accepted
Download this helpful Low-Lead Conversion Product Chart to aid you in the process of converting your inventory.
For more information, please visit the IPS Corporation website at www.ipscorp.com or call the Customer Service Center at 800‐888‐8312.