FAQ's on Our Speakman Electronic Faucets & Showerheads
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Does approval to CA AB 1953 mean you do not need to be approved to NSF-61?
No. Products must still be certified to NSF-61 even if they are listed as approved to AB 1953. The CA AB 1953 law only addresses the amount of lead in materials coming in contact with water. NSF-61 considers the amount of lead, other regulated metals and organic materials that leach from the product over an extended test period. To meet product performance standards such as ANSI, UPC, CSA, etc. products must still comply with NSF-61.
What products are covered by AB 1953?
In California the law states that any product "providing water for human consumption" must be lead free. While NSF-61 has issued guidelines on what products are covered by their regulations, the California law does not. For example, in NSF-61 electronic sensor faucets are exempt from having to meet this requirement because it was believed that these devices are not intended to be used as drinking faucets. The California law provides no such exemptions.
Do products need to be listed by third party agencies?
Yes. Third party certification by accredited listing agencies is required. If in doubt about a manufacturer’s claim to be lead free, ask them for their third party AB 1953 product listing. Approved manufacturers will make this available to their customers.
What is Speakman’s position on lead free?
We believe that all faucets including sensor faucets fall under the purview of the California law. We have begun converting all of our faucet product lines to meet lead free regulations. The vast majority of our faucets will be converted prior to this date and will be in stock and ready for shipment come January 1, 2010. Those products not yet ready will come on board as quickly as possible thereafter. We fully endorse the use of lead free brass and will be converting our entire product line to no lead, even for those states that don't legally require it.
Is there a surcharge for Speakman’s lead free products?
No. Speakman is not charging a premium for lead free products.
How do I order No Lead products?
Speakman is using the suffix "CA" as an option during the transition period until the full conversion of our product line has been completed.
What product families of Speakman will be approved to lead free standards, in stock, and ready for shipment on January 1, 2010?
- 4” centerset lavatory (SC-3060, SC-3070 families)
- 4” centerset gooseneck (SC-3080, SC-3090 families)
- 4” centerset single lever (S-3552 family)
- 4” single lever side gooseneck (S-3661)
- 8” widespread lavatory (SC-3030, SC-3040 families)
- 8” widespread gooseneck (SC-3000, SC-3010 families)
- 8” kitchen faucet single lever (S-3762 family)
- 8” kitchen deck (SC-5720 family)
- 8” kitchen faucet thru back (SC-5740 family)
- Single post one handle lab faucet (SC-7110 family)
- Single post two handle lab faucet (SC-7120 family)
- Lavatory sensor faucet (S-8700, S-8701, S-8800, S-8801 families)
- Gooseneck sensor faucet (S-9100, S-9101, S-9200, S-9201 families)
- 4” Vandal resistant sensor faucet (S-9010, S-9020 families)