March 4, 2014  

Understanding your Requirements for Implementation & Enforcement of Low-lead Potable Plumbing Products in Canada

The Standing Committee on Building and Plumbing Services have approved to reference the ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 Standards into the 2010 National Plumbing Code Interim Changes. This will allow the Provinces and Territories the process to begin a mechanism to implement and enforce the new low-lead requirements. Only products intended for cooking & drinking fall under the scope of the these standards at this time.


CSA Group has advised that more standards updates are already in the works to integrate low-lead criteria into applicable potable water standards including backflow valves (CSA B64 series), pressure pipes (CSA B137), drinking water treatment (CSA B483), flexible connectors (ASME A112.18.6/CSA B125.6) and other products intended for potable water applications meant for human consumption. 


The key is now to get all the Provinces and Territories to move toward referencing the 2010 National Plumbing Code Interim Changes. CIPH has already engaged the Provinces and Territories to evaluate their interests, needs and capabilities to adopt the changes once published.

As a reminder, the ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1 and CSA B125.3 standards are now published and available, meaning that a manufacturer with applicable product within the standards' scope must comply with the updated standard by December 31, 2013. 


Based on recent communications from the provinces, CIPH has compiled a complete background report which includes the most up-to-date matrix of Low-lead Requirements for Potable Plumbing Products in Canada: click here.  


The background report includes:  

* Updated Low Lead Adoption Chart (by Province)

* Codes and Standards- How they Work

* ASME A112.1/CSA B125.1- 2012: Scope & Affected Products

* Markings

* A Wholesalers Perspective

About CIPH

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