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Some government agency might (someday) require us to inform you of the following:
The most fundamental particles in the products that we sell/distribute are held
together by a "gluing" force about which little is known and whose adhesive
power can therefore not be permanently guaranteed.
Important Notice to Purchasers:
The entire physical universe, including the products that we sell, may
one day collapse back into an infinitesimally small space. Should another universe subsequently re-emerge, the existence of the products that we sell in this
universe cannot be guaranteed.
Public Notice As (maybe soon) Required By Law:
Any use of the products that we sell/distribute, in any manner whatsoever, may
increase the amount of disorder in our universe. Although no liability is implied
herein, the consumer is warned that this process may ultimately help lead to the
heat death of the universe.
Important - Genuine legal notices:
Warning - as required by California law:
Some products may contain detectable amounts of lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects or other
reproductive harm. Some brass faucets contain lead, which can leach into tap water in small amounts if the faucet is not used for approximately
six or more hours. Running the tap for 60 seconds to clear the water line is recommended.
Safe Drinking Water Act:
As of August 6, 1998, the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act (the Act)
prohibits any person from introducing into commerce, faucet products that are not "lead free" as defined by the Act.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has determined that for a faucet to be considered "lead free" under the Act, it must satisfy the performance
standard for lead leaching under NSF Standard 61, Section 9 (NSF 61/9).
Faucet products that are covered by NSF 61/9 include lavatory faucets, (but
exclude metering, self-closing and electronic faucets), bar and kitchen faucets. The Act applies to residential, commercial and institutional installations,
as well as new and retrofit applications.
California Proposition 65, "The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986"
is the most stringent law (that we know of) of its kind at either the state or
federal level. The federal standard for lead in drinking water is 11 ppb (parts per
billion) while prop 65 (Calif) mandates a level of .05ppb.
The Center for Environmental Health recommends that consumers run water for 10 seconds before filling a glass to remove water with
the highest lead levels (from pre "Act" faucets).
Additionally, with the passage of California Assembly Bill 1953, Maryland House Bill 372, and Vermont Assembly Bill VT S.152, "lead free" is defined as to mean not more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead content in pipe and fittings. What this means for you is the lead content in faucet spouts and fittings will not be legally allowed to have more than one-fourth of one percent of lead, so water traveling through compliant faucets will be essentially "lead free". CA AB 1953 defines lead as less than .25%. This bill changes the meaning of term "lead free" in the Health and Safety Code from eight percent lead for pipes or pipe fittings, and four percent lead for plumbing fittings and fixtures to a weighted average of not more than 0.25 percent lead content within each component that comes into contact with the wetted surfaces of pipes and pipe fittings, plumbing fittings and fixtures effective July 1, 2010.
Please do not misinterpret this page. We are in no way implying, hinting, suggesting or stating that we do not comply with all laws or that our customers should not take lead and potential carcinogenic products seriously. This page is simply attempting to have some fun with what some of our customers have commented about - our legally required warning statement. We must make that warning statement above (about lead and potential carcinogens) to our customers to comply with the laws of California. We are very conscientious of our planet.
We try to recycle as much as possible.
We try to ship our products in used/recycled boxes wherever possible and reuse and recycle all
bubble wrap, etc that we receive.
We separate our waste. We believe very strongly in safe products.
We strongly encourage all of our customers (and readers of this page) to write to all government bodies about
safety with packaging of foods. We are very concerned about straws and baby bottles for children made out of recycled plastics with unknown compositions
and origins as well as plastic cups, etc. made from non-virgin resins etc. We urge everyone to not only make the plumbing industry accountable but also
the food container industry.