What is Prop 65?
Proposition 65 is the California Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. California maintains a list of over 900 naturally occurring and synthetic chemicals. If an environment or product contains a chemical on the list California law requires that it be disclosed to consumers. Prop 65 warning signs can appear on products like baked goods and in environs like Disneyland. They often appear on products in the plumbing industry due to the use of high strength materials, such as brass (which contains trace amounts of lead).
The label on Sprite’s unfinished (white) plastic housings reads as follows:
This product contains the highest quality plastic which contains phthalates
⚠️ WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including phthalates which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
The label on Sprite’s finished (chrome, brushed nickel, etc) housings reads as follows:
This product has a high quality triple-plated finish with a nickel undercoating.
⚠️ WARNING: This product can expose you to chemicals including nickel which is known to the State of California to cause cancer. For more information: www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
The warning gives educational information to a consumer and does not determine the health safety of Sprite products, which meet or exceed national and industry standards. We have chosen to include the label under an abundance of caution to ensure compliance.
Please use Sprite products as directed and certified – do not lick, chew, or otherwise attempt to ingest them.
Where can I read more about Prop 65?
The California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is responsible for maintaining up to date information about Prop 65 at their website.
I live outside of California. Why does my product have a label?
For a similar reason Sprite includes the label in the first place: an abundance of caution that ensures we are always in compliance. We sell to buyers all over the world. It is prohibitively difficult to determine where a product will end up being sold to the end consumer.
What is Title 20?
Title 20 is a set of appliance efficiency regulations in the state of California that sets energy and water standards for specified consumer goods sold in the state. In Division 2, Chapter 4 showerheads are categorized as Plumbing Fittings, which fall under the scope of the regulations :
(h) Plumbing fittings, which are showerheads, lavatory faucets, kitchen faucets that are consumer products, metering faucets, kitchen replacement aerators, lavatory replacement aerators, wash fountains, tub spout diverters, public lavatory faucets, and commercial pre-rinse spray valves.
Section 1605.3 outlines the standards in the “Standards for Showerheads” Table, recreated below:
|Plumbing Fitting||Manufactured Date||
Maximum Flow Rate
|Showerheads||July 1, 2016||2.0 gpm at 80 psi|
|July 1, 2018||1.8 gpm at 80 psi|
The standard also defines the minimum flow rate and states that showerheads with multiple nozzles must be less than or equal to the maximum flow rate when any or all the nozzles are in use simultaneously.
Where can I read more about Title 20?
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is responsible for maintaining up to date information about Title 20 at their website.
I live outside of California. Why does my product conform to California State Law?
As with Prop 65 compliance, the manufacturer is held responsible for wholesalers complying with the law. We sell to buyers all over the world. It is prohibitively difficult to manufacture two versions of the product and to further determine where a product will end up being sold to the end consumer. All CEC certified units meet the 80 psi standard, meaning that consumers should experience the same quality of water pressure they have always enjoyed from Sprite products.