Speakman Co. ready for lead-free compliance laws

NEW CASTLE, DEL. — In response to new legislation, California AB 1953 and Vermont S.152, Speakman Co. began converting its faucet products to lead free in early 2009. Eighty-five percent of its plumbing products are now lead free.

The Speakman’s No-Lead line, denoted by option “-CA” contains less than 0.25% lead.

“We believe it is extremely important to provide our commercial and institutional customers the same high level of quality and durability they have come to expect from Speakman in our No-Lead line as with any other Speakman product without adding additional cost to our customers,” stated Bill Walbrandt, the director of commercial plumbing for Speakman.

Speakman has also converted many of the popular sensor faucets to lead free.

“While there is still some confusion in the industry as to the requirements for sensor faucets to be certified, Speakman felt it was a necessary to have a No-Lead sensor faucet product line,” said Walbrandt. “It is a benefit we felt our customers deserved, so they could feel confident that the products they bought and specified would meet the standard, and besides, if it doesn’t cost anymore why not choose no-lead alternative?”

To support on-going efforts to educate the market about lead-free products, Speakman has created a No-Lead Section on the company Web site, which explains more about what it means to be lead free, frequently asked questions and links to the no-lead product offering.