Lead-free products: New requirements – In Quebec, since May First 2014, it is prohibited to install valves and other plumbing fixtures containing more than 0.25% in lead concentration. These new requirements are detailed in Chapter III, Plumbing, of the Quebec Construction Code and based on the 2012 edition of CSA B125.1 and B125.3. These measures seek to reduce the presence of lead in drinking water, which is harmful to health.

List of products affected and not affected by changes

For now, only products used for drinking water intended for human consumption are subject to these new requirements:

  • Delivery of water troughs fittings
  • Delivery of water fittings for kitchen sinks
  • Sinks and tubs
  • Shut-off valves
  • Automatic compensation valves (excluding showers)
  • Power shut-off valves
  • Integrated mixers operated by temperature

Products dedicated to the distribution of drinking water not intended for human consumption are not affected:

  • Automatic compensation taps wall mounted shower systems
  • Supply fittings for baths and showers
  • Supply fittings for bidets
  • Supply fittings for washers
  • Shut-off valves for humidifiers
  • Supply fittings for mop sinks
  • Drain cocks forlawn and sediment
  • Rolling feed supply fittings and self-closing
  • Shower heads
  • Hand showers
  • Body Sprays
  • Anti-siphon supply valves
  • Solenoid and flush valves
  • Thermal expansion relief valves
  • Trap primers
  • All other products not covered by CSA B125.1 /.3
Lead-free backflow prevention device:  mandatory from 2017

Pressure reducing valves and backflow preventers for area protection or premise isolation will be added to the list of specified equipment in 2017.

This is why we now recommend installing backflow prevention devices that have less than .25% in lead content on all drinking water plumbing systems.

Backflo Shop has access to several brands and models of lead-free backflow prevention devices.

Ask our experts to help you select the appropriate device!