The Safe Drinking Water Act is an amendment to the earlier Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act.
Under this new Act, the SDWA definition of the term lead-free has been modified to reduce the maximum lead content to 'not more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures'. As it pertains to valves, exempted from the provisions of the Act is any potable 'water distribution main gate valve 2 inches in diameter or larger'.
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Lead Free products will either have green printing or the 'LEAD FREE' mark on the handles and 'LF' stamped into the body.
Lead Free box labels are green and feature a 'LEAD FREE' mark.
Lead Free part codes will always include a G at the end of the number.
Jomar Valve uses the highest quality lead-free brass alloys. All of our lead-free products are third-party certified and contain less than 0.25% lead. To comply with the new law, with the reduction of lead in copper based alloys, the machining process and raw material cost will be affected. The picture below illustrates how brass rod scrap no longer easily chips away, thus slowing down the machining process.
The slower manufacturing output coupled with more expensive raw material results in lead-free valves being anywhere from 25-40% more expensive than traditional brass. Again, this is why Jomar will be offering both leaded and lead-free brass to accommodate our entire customer base with the appropriate valve for this application.
Jomar Valve offers a wide range of valve products for many different applications. In addition to lead free brass certified for use in potable applications, Jomar offers a variety of PVC, CPVC, Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel and Epoxy -coated Ductile Iron valves that are all lead free.