Lead in drinking water has become a very visible issue of considerable concern over the last few months. While municipalities across America have been scrutinizing the quality of their drinking water, it should at least be some consolation that manufacturers of measurement instrumentation have taken serious steps to assure that they are not contributing to the problems that have been encountered.
In January of 2014, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act went into effect. This act is designed to further protect citizens from the harmful effects of lead by reducing the allowable lead content in water systems. Essentially, it revised the definition of “lead free” in section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) from “not more than 8% content to not more than 0.25% lead by weight.1” This basically tightens this specification up by a factor of 32!!