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New California Law Requires Use of ‘Lead-Free’ Plumbing Fixtures
Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed AB 100 into law, requiring “lead-free” endpoint plumbing devices to meet a performance standard, NSF/ANSI/CAN 61-2020, and preventing the sale in California of endpoint devices that leach more than 1 μg/L of lead.

Authored by Assemblymember Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) and co-authored by Assemblymember Devon Mathis (R-Visalia), AB 100 requires the following:
Effective Jan. 1, 2023, a person is prohibited from manufacturing, and offering for sale in the state, an endpoint device, as defined, that does not meet NSF/ANSI/CAN 61-2020.
Effective July 1, 2023, a person is prohibited from introducing into commerce or offering for sale in the state an endpoint device that does not meet that lead leaching standard.
Requires consumer-facing product packaging or product labeling of an endpoint device that’s intended to convey or dispense water for human consumption shall indicate that compliance with the “lead-free” standard by including the lettering “NSF/ANSI/CAN 61: Q ≤ 1” in an easily identifiable manner (consistent with NSF/ANSI/CAN 61 labeling requirements).
Requires endpoint devices to be certified by an American National Standards Institute (ANSI)-accredited third party to show compliance with the “lead-free” requirements.
Defines an “endpoint device” as a single device, such as a plumbing fitting, fixture, or faucet, that is typically installed within the last one liter of the water distribution system of a building.
“We expect the water we drink will keep us and our children healthy, and today’s signing is a big win for children and public health,” Assemblymember Holden said. “I’m proud that California is once again leading the nation by requiring all water faucets and fixtures to become essentially lead-free and keeping our children as safe as possible.”
IAPMO Makes Two Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) Available for Public Comment
In accordance with the IAPMO Regulations Governing Committee Projects, IAPMO would like to announce that two Tentative Interim Amendments (TIA) to the 2018 and 2021 editions of the Uniform Mechanical Code (UMC®) are being submitted for public comment.

UMC TIA 009-18 revises text in the 2018 edition of the UMC, Section 1109.2 (Joints), Section 1109.7 (Pipe Enclosure), and Table 1701.1 (Referenced Standards) regarding press-connect joints for refrigeration piping. The comment form is located HERE.

UMC TIA 001-21 revises text in the 2021 edition of the UMC, Section 1109.2 (Joints), Section 1109.7 (Pipe Enclosure), and Table 1701.1 (Referenced Standards) regarding press-connect joints for refrigeration piping. The comment form is located HERE.

IAPMO invites all interested parties to review the proposed TIAs on the IAPMO website under Uniform Mechanical Code / Proposed TIAs and respond by filling out the comment form.

The deadline to submit comments is Oct. 15.

Completed forms may be emailed to Zalmie Hussein, Mechanical Code Development administrator, at zalmie.hussein@iapmo.org.
IAPMO Becomes Amazon SPN Partner
The IAPMO Group is pleased to announce it has concluded a rigorous approval process to join the Amazon Service Provider Network (SPN), becoming a valuable resource for manufacturers and distributors wishing to sell their products on Amazon’s vast global marketplace.

Created in 2014 to help brands and sellers launch, manage and grow their businesses on Amazon, the Amazon SPN is a collection of agencies trained and certified by Amazon to assist sellers in a number of ways — accounting, advertising, imaging, international shipping, storage, taxes, translation services, and more. Prospective sellers searching the Amazon SPN for assistance gaining compliance for their products will now find IAPMO R&T among an exclusive group of providers.

Amazon requires products sold on its platform to comply with all applicable safety standards, substance restrictions, labeling and certification requirements within the intended sales markets.
Minnesota Adopts Provisions of 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code
The state of Minnesota has formally adopted the 2018 edition of IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC®), with state-specific amendments, to form the 2020 Minnesota Plumbing Code. It is available for purchase from the IAPMO Online Store. As Chapter 4714 of the Minnesota State Building Code, it will be enforced as law effective Dec. 17.
IAPMO Signs SepticSmart Proclamation
EPA’s SepticSmart Week took place September 20-24, 2021. This event focuses on educating homeowners and communities on the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. With over one in five households in the U.S. using septic systems, it’s important to learn how homeowners can save money, protect their health, and preserve the environment by following EPA’s SepticSmart Week tips and advice.

As a long-time supporter of the goals of the U.S. EPA’s SepticSmart Week, IAPMO CEO Dave Viola signed the following proclamation:

WHEREAS, proper septic system use and routine care are vital to protecting public health, preserving our highly valued groundwater, lakes, streams and waterways, and avoiding costly repairs that can result from neglect; and
Updating Hunter’s Curve: The Water Demand Calculator Summit
Let’s Make History Together

Plumbing engineers and designers have been talking about it for what seems like forever. Plumbing installers have been looking into ways to become more efficient. Plumbing manufacturers have been collecting the data to better size their equipment. And plumbing inspectors and plan reviewers have been acutely aware of the need for change for a long time. Of course, anyone in the plumbing industry knows that what I am talking about is Hunter’s Curve. In the U.S. plumbing industry, there has been widespread consensus that we have been oversizing our domestic water systems for decades. While the work that Roy Hunter completed in 1940 was revolutionary for the time, we all agree that it is well past time to update the way we size these systems. 

Most of the plumbing engineering industry is already aware that IAPMO, ASPE, and the University of Cincinnati collaborated to create the Water Demand Calculator — also known as the WDC — (https://www.iapmo.org/water-demand-calculator/) and that the WDC ultimately was added to the 2018 Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC) as Appendix M. This marked the first time in almost 80 years that an alternate to Hunter’s Curve pipe sizing methodology was added to a model code. The benefits were quickly apparent as Stantec identified in their report (PDF).
IAPMO Concludes 92nd Annual Education and Business Conference.
The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) last month completed a productive 92nd annual Education and Business Conference online utilizing virtual meeting software.

IAPMO’s conference once again gathered experts in the plumbing and mechanical fields with in-the-trenches inspectors and manufacturers in a spirit of cooperation toward the advancement of the Uniform Codes. Members and other stakeholders participated in the Assembly Consideration Session, representing a vital step in the development of the 2024 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code® (UPC) and Uniform Mechanical Code® (UMC). During this session, IAPMO members had the opportunity to submit public comments to the Report on Proposals developed during technical committee meetings earlier this year.

A code development timeline can be found HERE.
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