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Date:     March 26, 2013

Reference:         2014 Lead Free Compliance

Dear Valued Customer:

 On January 4, 2014, the National Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (Federal Public Law 111-380) goes into effect.  This act reduces the maximum amount of lead to .25% in products used to convey water for potable water applications.  The new products that meet this requirement will be labeled and referred to as Lead Free.  On or after Jan 4, 2014, it will be illegal to sell or install non-compliant products in potable water applications.

 Cooney Brothers is taking numerous steps to address this change proactively.  A few of the key actions we are taking include:

  •  We are restructuring our inventory so that non-compliant products that only have potable water applications will be gone no later than year end.  As these products sell, we will replace them with lead free product.  The product manufacturers are planning their production similarly.  This will result in certain leaded products becoming unavailable prior to the end of the year.  Other products will have dual use – both potable and non-potable applications.  Some of these items will be converted entirely to lead free; in other cases we will stock both leaded and lead free product.

  • We are actively training our sales and warehouse staff.   Training will continue through the year so that we can assist our customers in determining the correct product for their application.

  • We are reviewing customer purchase history to determine where we need to clarify whether customer needs are for potable or non-potable applications.  We expect to work through this, in coordination with our customers,  in the next few months.

  • We will add notes to all potentially non-compliant products indicating that they are not compliant with the new law.  These notes will start to appear on shipping papers and invoices in the 2nd quarter of 2013 – well before the law takes effect.  Since compliance is a matter of usage (potable vs non-potable), which we may not know, the notes will appear even when the customer’s application may not be covered by the new law.

 Listed below are a few industry websites dedicated to the Lead Free change.  There is a lot of relevant information that may answer any questions you have.  The entire Cooney team is also ready to help you through this transition wherever we can.  Call us if you have any questions.

                 Apollo Valves

                 Get The Lead Out

                Merit Brass

                We Are Lead Free



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