Allied Sprinkler Pipe Meets “Lead-Free” Definition


The new definition for “lead-free” in the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) went into effect January 4, 2014, leading to questions from our customers concerning compliance of Allied’s sprinkler pipe to the new definition and to NSF/ANSI 61, Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects.  Section 3.5 of NSF/ANSI 61 requires that covered products comply with the lead-free definition in the SDWA.

Since sprinkler pipe is not designed to be used to convey or dispense water for human consumption through drinking or cooking, NSF/ANSI 61 and the SDWA definition do not apply to sprinkler pipe:  only to pipe and other system components that are used to carry drinking water.

The new definition for “lead-free” is that wetted surfaces meet a weighted average lead content of no more than .25% lead.

Although the requirements do not apply to sprinkler pipe, Allied sprinkler pipe meets the new definition for “lead-free”.