Rolling Meadows, Ill. — Members of the newly-formed “Get The Lead Out Plumbing Consortium” met with the media to highlight how the group is working together to explain the impact of the national “Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act” on the plumbing industry. The meeting was held at the Plumbing Manufacturers International offices in Rolling Meadows, at the invitation of the Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors—National Association (PHCC) Educational Foundation.
Roger Peugeot, vice chair of the PHCC Educational Foundation and owner of Roger the Plumber in Overland Park, Kan., spoke on behalf of the consortium. Peugeot explained how industry-wide compliance with the amended Safe Drinking Water Act that takes effect on Jan. 4, 2014, will reduce the permissible levels of lead in pipe, fittings and fixtures to a weighted average less than or equal to 0.25 percent from the current national standard of an 0.8 percent maximum.
The mission of the consortium is to provide widespread education of the manufacture, distribution and installation of Lead Free plumbing products. The consortium has developed a training program that will be offered at industry meetings in 2013. Online training options also will be available, as well as a website that wil linclude a calendar of events, FAQs and other resources.
Roger Peugeot, owner of Roger the Plumber and vice chair of the PHCC Educational Foundation was the designated spokesperson at the event.
Members of the consortium include:
• Legend Valve
• Milwaukee Valve
• NIBCO, Inc.
• Reliance Worldwide
• Viega, LLC
• Watts Water Technologies