KOHLER, WIS. – Kohler Co. announced that all of its residential bathroom and kitchen faucets have been converted for compliance with California legislation AB1953 and Vermont’s bill number S.015 in regard to lead content in faucets that are used for drinking water.
“Kohler is committed to a proactive approach when it comes to legislation that changes the plumbing industry, and this conversion was no exception,” said Rick Reles, vice president of global faucets at Kohler Co. “Kohler thanks all of its customers for their support during this transition, and rest-assured, Kohler faucets continue to offer a singular level of quality for design and performance.”
To ensure compliance, each residential faucet is certified by an independent third party organization. The certification organization, NSF International, the public health and safety company, verifies all faucets meet the new requirements.
Kohler anticipates other states, and possibly Canada, may follow the actions of California and Vermont. Consequently, every residential faucet shipped from Kohler meets the new requirements, not just those sent to Vermont and California.
Customers, distributors and partners have been contacted about this transition over the past 18 months, and Kohler has provided updates on the product selection and low-lead conversion to provide visual confirmation its plumbing allies are informed about the lead issue, and equipped with the appropriate product. A 1/2-inch silver decal on each faucet box ensures customers that their faucet has been inspected and meets the new low-lead requirements.