LEAD AND COPPER RULE (LCR) RESOURCES
EPA Looks To Denver Water As Example For $2 Trillion American Jobs Plan6/2/2021
Lead Reduction Program highlighted for jobs, unique approach to diverse communities.
Drive To Replace Lead Pipes Leads To Many Contracting Opportunities6/1/2021
We rarely stop to consider how difficult it is to be a government leader. The responsibility to identify critical needs, focus on eminent dangers, ensure public safety, and provide citizen services are monumental tasks.
Ten Communities Selected For EPA Roundtable Discussions On Lead In Drinking Water5/26/2021
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the ten communities that have been selected for virtual roundtable discussions on EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) Revisions.
Only Official Fired Over Flint Crisis Seeks Reinstatement, Financial Compensation5/25/2021
Years after a state of emergency was declared over lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Michigan, and well into the city’s efforts to replace its outdated infrastructure and properly compensate victims, a state official tied to the saga is seeking reinstatement and back pay.
Data Science For The Public Good: The Rockefeller Foundation And BlueConduit Partner To Improve Community Health By Developing Efficient And Cost-Effective Lead Service Line Replacement Programs5/25/2021
Studies have shown that lead primarily enters drinking water through plumbing materials, such as pipes. Health problems from lead exposure range from stomach distress to brain damage. “In 2018, researchers estimated more than 400,000 deaths a year in the U.S. are linked to lead exposure,” according to the Chicago Tribune.
As Federal 'War' On Lead Pipes Gains Traction, 120Water Launches Additional Service Line Inventory Management Solutions5/21/2021
120Water announced today the launch of its comprehensive Inventory Management Solution, an expanded offering that will help water systems build and validate their lead service line inventories - a foundational requirement for accessing pending federal infrastructure dollars and complying with new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). LCRR requires all public water systems to submit an inventory documenting service line materials for both the private and public side.
A Big Chance To Get The Lead Out Of Water5/14/2021
We now have an unparalleled opportunity to finally tackle the national lead-contaminated drinking water crisis and our broader water infrastructure problems. Recent polling by Navigator Research found that a strong majority of voters — 83 percent (including nearly three-fourths of Republicans, 80 percent of Independents and 91 percent of Democrats) — support eliminating all lead pipes in drinking water systems. This was the second most broadly-supported component of President Biden’s infrastructure plan, following only the repair of roads and bridges.
Biden's Infrastructure Plan Targets Lead Pipes That Threaten Public Health Across The U.S.5/7/2021
President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan includes a proposal to upgrade the U.S. drinking water distribution system by removing and replacing dangerous lead pipes. As a geochemist and environmental health researcher who has studied the heartbreaking impacts of lead poisoning in children for decades, I am happy to see due attention paid to this silent killer, which disproportionately affects poor communities of color.
Can Newark’s Quick, Cheap Lead-Pipe Replacement Serve As A Model?5/5/2021
Like many communities around the country, Newark, New Jersey was beset with outdated, lead-based pipeline infrastructure that had the potential to leech the contaminant directly into drinking water as it traveled to consumers.
Infrastructure, Lead, PFAS Top Issues At AWWA Congressional Fly-In4/21/2021
More than 240 American Water Works Association (AWWA) delegates from across the United States will meet virtually with their congressional representatives and senators this month as part of the annual “Water Matters! Fly-In.”
Between ever-evolving rules and regulations and numerous stakeholders, compliance can be hard. Our software automatically ingests lab results, triggers consumer notifications, and ensures that those stakeholders are in the know – and that you are fully compliant.
How To Improve Test Accuracy With The Latest Sampling Technology4/25/2018
Sampling and laboratory testing are major responsibilities for water professionals. Test results are used for process control, and ultimately to determine that water is safe for drinking, reuse, or discharge to the environment. Regulatory agencies rely on reported results for proof of permit compliance. So, obtaining representative, properly collected and preserved samples is the first critical step to ensure accurate test results.
EPA’s Six-Year Review 3: How To Prepare For Potential Rule Revisions12/4/2017
Staying on top of new regulations is a never-ending responsibility for water professionals. Each new rule may require huge dollars in capital and operating costs. Operators and technicians may need training on new technologies, sampling, and testing methods.
Piping Up About Chemical Resistance6/16/2016
The lead contamination crisis in Flint, MI, brought more attention to the country’s piping systems than we’ve seen in a long time. Average Americans were questioning what exactly constitutes the water infrastructure below them and what that might mean for the water they enjoy in their homes.
10 Tips For Accurate Disinfection4/10/2015
Disinfection can rightly be called the “ultimate” stage of drinking water treatment — typically occurring at the end of the process, and acting as a final step before water is sent out of the plant, through the pipes, and into the world. It may come last, but it’s certainly not least.
ABOUT LEAD AND COPPER
The U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), a mandate for drinking water utilities and pipeline products manufacturers to reduce the public’s exposure to lead, received increased scrutiny following the 2014 lead crisis in Flint, MI, leading to new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) which take effect in 2020. Although the LCR has been updated numerous times, the most recent requirements demand a level of action unprecedented since the LCR's initial implementation in 1991. Under the LCRR, utilities must have programs in place for tap-sampling, corrosion control treatment (CCT), lead service line replacement (LSLR), consumer communication, and public education. LCRR will affect almost all aspects of utility operations (treatment, distribution, labor, financial planning, consumer outreach, etc.) to varying and often complex degrees. This information hub will provide LCRR guidance, news, and analysis to facilitate compliance, answering questions such as: What is the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for lead and copper? Who is responsible for the lead service line (LSL)? Which chemicals provide corrosion control? When do Lead and Copper Rule Revisions take effect?
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