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Lead & Copper Information from AWWA’s website

Lead & Copper

 

Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule are under development.  There is not a clear timeline for publication of a proposed or final rule.

In December 2013 USEPA’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council concurred with an agency recommendation to form aNDWAC Working Group to discuss issues related to the Lead and Copper Rule – Long-Term Revisions.  The LCRWG’s charge (PDF) is to “to improve the effectiveness of corrosion control treatment in reducing exposure to lead and copper and to trigger additional actions that equitably reduce the public’s exposure to lead and copper when corrosion control treatment alone is not effective. Group members include individuals with expertise as water system managers, regulators, local health officials, consumer advocates and environmental advocates.

The LCRWG has held a series of conference calls and face-to-face meetings that began in March 2014. EPA prepared three white papers to support the process. One is a general overview (PDF) of the issues, the second is focused on optimized corrosion control(PDF) and the third is on lead and copper tap monitoring sample site selection (PDF). The final Working Group report (PDF) recommends a substantial revision of the current LCR.

The recommendations being discussed include:

  • Active efforts by water systems to replace lead service lines and engaging customers in full lead-service-line replacements,
  • Greater emphasis on managing water quality parameters,
  • Emphasis on assisting customers in monitoring for lead instead of the current in-home tap samples for compliance monitoring,
  • Tapping programs and mechanisms beyond SDWA regulations to reduce the amount of lead in contact with drinking water and reduce the release of copper into drinking water,
  • More active engagement of local public  and communications partners such as the health community on lead in water, particularly when lead levels in a home are elevated, and
  • Greater focus on assuring that customers are aware of risks associated with release of copper and steps they can take if piping has not passivated.

Additional regulatory activities regarding lead are detailed below.

 

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