ASA is part of the coalition supporting Colorado HB 1358

ITASCA, IL – The American Supply Association, the only national trade association for plumbing, heating, cooling, pipe and distributors of industrial pipe, valves and fittings, their suppliers and representatives of the independent manufacturers of these products, is part of a coalition that supports Colorado House Bill 1358, Clean Water in Schools And Child Care Centers, and is proposing technical amendments that clarify the intent of this bill.

In a letter to the chair of the Colorado Public and Behavioral Health and Human Services Committee, Dafna Michaelson Jenet, and committee member, the Honorable Emily Sirota, the coalition, which also includes the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), NSF International (NSF) and Water Quality (WQA), notes that lead contamination in drinking water poses known health risks, and even low levels of lead exposure can cause permanent cognitive deficits and behavioral difficulties in children.

To reduce the presence of lead in drinking water and combat these potential health threats, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) suggest using point-of-use filters tested and certified to US standards. national standard for water filters.

As such, HB 1358 appropriately requires drinking water filters to meet nationally recognized industry standards for lead reduction, NSF/ANSI Standard 53 for lead reduction, and NSF/ANSI 42 for class 1 particle reduction.

Language clarification

Since the bill also includes the use of lead-free fittings, the coalition suggests including the definition of “lead-free” from the federal lead law, as stated by the EPA. These industry standards are referenced in building and plumbing codes across the country and provide uniform and consistent market requirements designed to protect public health.

The coalition also recommends that products used in remediation efforts be certified by a third-party certification body accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) National Accreditation Board (ANAB). This clarification will ensure that the filters and fittings comply with the relevant American National NSF/ANSI Standard for Drinking Water Treatment Units for Lead Reduction and perform as intended.

This recommendation aligns with guidelines from federal government agencies to eliminate lead from drinking water. It also highlights the need for independent product testing and certification as an essential step in ensuring that products meet the performance, health and quality assurance required by these regulations.

The coalition adds that third-party product certification can help the state give consumers confidence that water filters and filtration systems will perform as they claim, and help eliminate fears that consumers may buy and install non-compliant products or counterfeit products available on the market. . It is important to note that there are many organizations accredited by the American National Standards Institute to provide this service.

Finally, the coalition emphasizes the importance of noting that federal guidelines from the EPA and under the Federal Lead and Copper Rule set an action level for lead at 15 parts per billion (ppb). Although there is no “safe” level of lead, water filtration devices certified to NSF/ANSI standards for lead reduction have been verified to reduce lead to 5 ppb or less, points out Coalition.

Currently, ANAB-accredited certification bodies test and certify water filtration devices to remediate lead to 5 ppb as prescribed by NSF/ANSI 42 and NSF/ANSI 53 standards for lead reduction. There may be devices and filtration systems that claim to remove lead below 5 ppb, however, this is currently outside of the established and adopted NSF/ANSI standards against which the products are tested and certified.

Therefore, the coalition recommends changing the 1 part per billion requirement in the bill to 5 parts per billion to better align with water filter requirements to meet the latest version of the standards. industry. In addition to requiring third-party certification, this change will help ensure that filtration devices used to remove lead have been verified to do so.

The coalition strongly supports the intent of HB 1358 and appreciates the opportunity to collaborate on this vital water quality legislation.

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