Do faucets contain lead?

Most faucets purchased prior to 1997 were constructed of brass or chrome-plated brass, which contain up to 8 percent lead (the main metals in brass are copper and zinc). Water sitting for several hours or overnight in a brass faucet can leach lead from the brass faucet interior which may produce high lead levels in the first draw of drinking water. Later regulations mandated that most faucets purchased after 1997 contain less lead than previously used thereby reducing the possible leaching of lead. However, the most recent legislation, called “Get the Lead Out,” mandates that after January 4, 2014, all faucets purchased will contain no more than a weighted average of 0.25 percent lead in relation to wetted surface.

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1. What is a residential water service?
2. What can I do to reduce the risks of lead in my drinking water?
3. Do faucets contain lead?
4. Are there any faucets with no lead at all?
5. Does it really matter if I have an ultra-low lead faucet?
6. Do some new plumbing fixtures still contain lead?
7. How does Concord Public Works determine the material of my water service?
8. I’m interested in purchasing a property in Concord, can you tell me if it has a lead water service?
9. Can I get my water tested?
10. What material are water service lines typically made out of?
11. Where Can I Get More Information About My Drinking Water?
12. Why Replace my Lead Service?
13. Which type of filter removes lead?
14. How can I tell if my faucet is "lead free"?