Breaking News: Why Experts Recommend Lead-Free Taps & Showers


In a world increasingly conscious of health, safety, and environmental impact, the choice of water outlets can make a substantial difference. Taps and showers, seemingly mundane elements of daily life, have come under scrutiny in recent times due to the presence of lead in traditional brass fittings. In this blog post, we’ll explore why a progressive and innovative customer should consider FM Mattsson’s lead-free taps and showers over alternatives from UK market who still use brass containing lead.

1. The Health Imperative: Navigating Legislation and Advisory Notices

1.1 Changing Regulations in the UK

As society becomes more aware of the potential health risks associated with lead exposure, regulatory bodies are adjusting their standards accordingly. In the UK, there is a growing consensus that lead-free plumbing components are essential for safeguarding public health. Legislation is evolving to reflect this understanding.

The Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) has been at the forefront of this change, with ongoing efforts to minimize lead exposure through drinking water. The shift towards lead-free taps and showers is not just a recommendation but is increasingly becoming a legal requirement.

Challis Ms along with our partners FM Mattsson stands out as leaders in compliance with these regulations. Our dedication to innovation ensures that our products not only meet but often exceed the latest standards, providing consumers with the peace of mind that their water fixtures are contributing to a healthier living environment whilst at the same time future proofing your organisation against likely legislative changes.

1.2 Advisory Notices: Industry Acknowledgment of the Need for Change

In addition to legislative changes, advisory notices from health and environmental agencies highlight the importance of lead-free plumbing fixtures. Agencies such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Environment Agency have emphasised the need for lead reduction in water supply systems.

Challis & FM Mattsson, with its lead-free taps and showers, aligns seamlessly with these advisories, offering consumers a forward-thinking choice that goes beyond mere compliance.

2. Environmental and Sustainability Advantages: A Clear Choice for the Future

2.1 Reduced Environmental Impact

Beyond health considerations, the environmental impact of lead in plumbing fixtures is a critical concern. Lead, when introduced into water systems, can lead to soil and water contamination, affecting ecosystems and wildlife. Choosing lead-free taps and showers is a conscious decision towards a more sustainable and ecologically responsible future.

FM Mattsson’s commitment to environmental responsibility is evident in their manufacturing processes, emphasizing the use of materials that are not only safe for human use but also leave a minimal ecological footprint.

2.2 Longevity and Durability: A Sustainable Investment

Investing in lead-free taps and showers is not just an environmentally conscious decision; it’s also a sound economic choice. FM Mattsson’s products are engineered for longevity and durability, reducing the frequency of replacements and associated waste. This approach aligns with the principles of a circular economy, promoting responsible consumption and resource management.

3. The Disadvantages of Lead-Inclusive Units: A Cautionary Tale

3.1 Health Risks and Lead Exposure

While traditional brass fixtures may have served their purpose in the past, our understanding of the health risks associated with lead has evolved. Lead exposure, even in trace amounts, can have severe consequences for human health, particularly in vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women. Some manufacturers still employing brass with lead included in their taps and showers may inadvertently be putting consumers at risk.

FM Mattsson’s lead-free alternatives not only eliminate this risk but also contribute to a safer and healthier living environment.

3.2 Environmental Consequences: A Tarnished Legacy

Manufacturers continuing to use lead in their products contribute to environmental degradation. The extraction, processing, and disposal of materials containing lead pose significant challenges to sustainability. As consumers become more eco-conscious, the environmental consequences of choosing lead-inclusive units become harder to ignore.

In contrast, FM Mattsson’s lead-free taps and showers embody a commitment to sustainable practices, providing an option that aligns with the values of a conscientious consumer.

4. Conclusion: Making an Informed Choice for a Healthier, Safer, and Greener Tomorrow

In a world where choices extend beyond mere functionality, consumers are increasingly drawn to products that align with their values. The decision to invest in FM Mattsson’s lead-free taps and showers goes beyond a simple upgrade; it’s a commitment to health, safety, and environmental responsibility.

As legislation evolves to reflect the imperative of lead reduction in water fixtures and advisory notices underscore the importance of this shift, FM Mattsson stands out as a reliable partner in this journey towards a lead-free future.

The advantages are clear: compliance with regulations, protection of public health, reduced environmental impact, and a sustainable investment in the long run. In contrast, lead-inclusive units represent not just a potential health hazard but also contribute to a legacy of environmental degradation.

On this, the 1-year anniversary of FM Mattsson’s lead-free taps and showers, let’s celebrate not just a product but a choice—a choice that transcends the ordinary and paves the way for a healthier, safer, and greener tomorrow.