Amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act helped establish guidelines regarding lead in public water systems.
The year 1986 is significant because it is the year that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) amended the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 by defining “lead free” pipes and establishing standards and limitations for what experts considered an acceptable amount of lead in public water systems. The amendments included the following components:
1: solders & flux containing not more than 0.2 percent lead
2: pipes and pipe fittings containing not more than 8.0 percent lead
3: plumbing fittings and fixtures as defined in industry-developed voluntary standards (issued no later than 8/6/1997), or standards developed by EPA in lieu of voluntary standards
Later amendments sought to further the protections that this vital law provides for the American public.
The curricula taught in today’s vocational/technical programs has been updated to align itself with the amended Safe Drinking Water Act. In a world more understanding of the neurotoxic harm that lead in drinking water poses to society, all citizens are aware that we must do everything possible to prevent such harm – and especially to children and pregnant women.
The National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) provides a number of industry-leading plumbing certifications for those seeking to earn a journeyman or master plumber credential. Those who earn these certifications have demonstrated their knowledge of safe drinking water practices.
Therefore, whether you’re a training director, association representative, employer representative, or an individual applicant, the National Inspection Testing and Certification Corporation (NITC) is there to help advise you along the way. Contact National ITC at (877) 457-6482 to learn more about how our products help prepare the most qualified, most reliable, and safest trade professionals possible thanks to our wide range of industry certifications. We can help you and your business exceed customer expectations, so have your personnel certified with the certification company, NITC, today!