DES PLAINES, Ill. — Ongoing efforts by state legislators to provide the safest drinking water possible to the residents, and especially to the children of California, has resulted in the creation of California Assembly Bill 1953 (AB1953). Slated to take effect on January 1, 2010, this new bill requires residential and commercial faucets that dispense water for human consumption must not exceed a total weighted average of 0.25% maximum lead content. Facilities particularly impacted by this new law include: schools, day care centers, hospitals, healthcare facilities, restaurants and cafeterias. In response to this bill, Chicago Faucets, the leading brand of commercial faucets in the United States, has introduced ECAST(TM), a line of durable, high-quality brass faucets and fixtures for installation in food service areas, restrooms, locker rooms, classrooms and other areas where students may drink water.

Chicago Faucets new ECAST“This new line of faucets has already received certification, so we are very excited to be able to offer it to the schools and other facilities throughout the state of California ahead of schedule,” said Andreas Nowak, CEO of Chicago Faucets. ECAST will be available beginning October 2008, permitting Californians to meet this regulation 14 months before the law takes effect.

“Our opinion was, why make the children and residents of California wait, when we have the ability to provide faucets that meet this new law today,” added Nowak.

“Chicago Faucets is proud to continually take a leadership position for product quality, innovation, conservation and safety,” concluded Nowak. “Our aggressive approach in developing ECAST faucets, combined with our water conservation, sustainability and anti-microbial initiatives, will allow schools, hospitals, restaurants and other facilities to install the finest commercial grade faucets available, with the added peace-of-mind that they meet the latest safety standards in California.”

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about ECAST products, you can call the ECAST hotline at 888/313-3230 or visit

About Chicago Faucets

Chicago Faucets, a member of the Geberit Group, is the leading brand of commercial faucets and fittings in the United States, offering a complete range of products for schools, laboratories, hospitals, office buildings, food service, airports and sports facilities. For additional information contact The Chicago Faucets Company at 2100 Clearwater Drive, Des Plaines, IL 60018, or call 800-323-5060. You can also visit Chicago Faucets at

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