Safe Drinking Water Can't Wait...So Get the Lead Out

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To ensure the quality of potable water, the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of January, 2014, mandates that only components qualified as "lead-free" may be used in systems that come in contact with water for human consumption. Historically, lead solder was used to join pipes, while brass and copper were produced with some lead content. As water passed through these systems, lead particles contaminated the drinking water and were ingested. Over time, such continued exposure could result in serious illnesses.

Pressure gauges are no exception, and special materials and manufacturing processes must be employed to create a safe gauge to meets these requirements. Produced by Ashcroft Inc. under the Weksler® brand, our lead free pressure gauges are specifically manufactured to comply with the U.S. Safe Drinking Water Act. This regulation currently defines "lead free" as:

  • Not containing more than 0.2% lead when used with respect to solder and flux.
  • Not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead when used with respect to the wetted surfaces of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures.


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