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P.L. 111-380, The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (1 comment ↓ | 6 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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S. 3874 would amend the Safe Drinking Act to reduce lead in drinking water.

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Waterworks Supplier

January 26, 2011, 8:17pm (report abuse)

The indication of this having a zero cost per family is false. My company sells waterworks materials including pipe, fittings, water meter, and other items. The current cost of lead free brass compared to leaded brass is about 25% higher cost, with only two states using it. Utilities and plumbing contractors will have increased material cost which will result in higher water bills and higher home building and remodeling costs.

Also, currently only two states have the no-lead brass requirement. Current leaded brass scrap cannot be used to make no lead copper, and the demand for the virgin copper required for the new alloys will drive up copper prices and reduce the ability to re-use recycled plumbing brass. They may have a negative environmental impact as well in mining the new minerals. The prices of silenium and bismuth that replace lead will also rise and become scarce as the other 96% of the country converts to the new brass.

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