Australia’s Shift to Lead Free Plumbing Fittings

Lead Free Update

With a rich history of innovation and dedication to quality, Reliance Worldwide Corporation (RWC) is gearing up to introduce its lead free SharkBite fittings to the Australian market in early 2024, ahead of the 2026 deadline. This strategic move follows successful transitions to lead free fittings in the USA, showcasing RWC’s expertise and understanding of the evolving industry landscape.

While a shift to lead free plumbing fittings can incur a higher cost of raw materials, the long-term benefits far outweigh the financial implications. Here are some key advantages:

  1. Health and Safety: The most significant advantage of lead free fittings is the improved safety of the water supply. We are proud that our products have always met the requirements of safe drinking water standards, and we will always strive for improvements in our products as knowledge in the industry continues to develop. By eliminating the risk of lead contamination, consumers can enjoy further peace of mind knowing they have clean and safe water for their daily needs.
  2. Environmental Responsibility: As an Australian-made industry leader, RWC’s commitment to environmental responsibility is evident in its early shift to lead free fittings. This move reflects a broader industry trend towards sustainable practices and reduced environmental impact.
  3. Longevity and Durability: Lead free brasses have benefited from significant investment in innovation & development over the past decade. With the right lead free brass plumbing fittings have the potential to exhibit greater resistance to corrosion, resulting in a longer lifespan for plumbing systems and reduced maintenance costs.

In a world where access to clean water is a fundamental right, the plumbing industry’s embrace of lead free materials demonstrates a commitment to safeguarding the health and well-being of communities across Australia. With industry leaders like RWC leading the way, the future of plumbing is brighter, safer, and more sustainable than ever before.