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senate Bill S. 1779

Exempting Fire Hydrants from EPA Lead Regulations (Senate Bill)

Argument in favor

Fewer functional hydrants in any community means bad things when fire breaks out. A hydrant's water supply has little to nothing to do with drinking water.

Argument opposed

The less lead in any pipe and any water, the better; while the bill will cost communities, the health benefits outweigh the fiscal burden.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The house has not voted
  • The senate has not voted
      senate Committees
      Committee on Environment and Public Works
    IntroducedDecember 9th, 2013

What is Senate Bill S. 1779?

This bill deals with fire hydrants and lead in drinking water. In 2010, Congress approved the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. That Act's aim was to reduce the amount of lead in plumbing fixtures and pipes that deliver water for human consumption. This Act's new regulations became effective on January 4th, 2014. In October of 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)applied the same lead-reduciton requirement to fire hydrants. This bill would exempt fire hydrants from such requirements. 


The bill impacts EPA guidelines as they relate to fire hydrants.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 1779

A CBO cost is unavailable.


Community Fire Safety Act of 2013

Official Title

A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to exempt fire hydrants from the prohibition on the use of lead pipes, fittings, fixtures, solder, and flux.

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