LEAD AND COPPER RULE (LCR) RESOURCES
EPA Wraps Up Public Engagement On The Lead and Copper Rule8/6/2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has concluded public engagements around its review of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) revisions. The agency obtained valuable input from the public, stakeholder groups, state co-regulators, Tribal representatives, local officials, and communities.
New Jersey Mandates Lead-Pipe Replacement Within 10 Years8/4/2021
The State of New Jersey is taking unprecedented action to protect its consumers from a pervasive drinking water contaminant by requiring a fix to the fundamental cause of the problem: outdated infrastructure.
Private Side Inventorying: Tackling The LCRR Challenge8/3/2021
With the revised Lead and Copper Rule calling for a full Lead Service Line Inventory by October of 2024, water professionals must begin a massive-scale project. No part of the challenge is more daunting than collecting information on private-side service lines–and systems across the nation have a long road ahead of them to get the data needed to succeed in this project. Gathering all the necessary data will require thorough records audits in addition to proactive communication and education for residents.
Despite Concern, Study Finds No Increase In Fetal Deaths During Flint Water Crisis7/28/2021
Leading researchers who have underscored the health threat posed by lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, Michigan, have now published a study indicating that increased fetal death or decreased fertility cannot be attributed to the crisis, as some had feared it might.
DHHR, EPA Partnering To Assist Clarksburg Water System To Test Older Homes With Lead Service Lines7/9/2021
The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are partnering to assist the Clarksburg Water System in their efforts to identify and test older homes with lead service lines that may cause elevated lead levels in drinking water.
EPA, Memphis Leaders Discuss Lead In Drinking Water7/8/2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a roundtable yesterday with organizers representing Memphis, Tennessee to highlight the experience of local communities with lead in drinking water.
EPA, Leaders Of Flint And Detroit, Michigan Discuss Lead In Drinking Water6/29/2021
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) hosted a community roundtable with organizers representing Flint, Michigan and Detroit, Michigan to highlight the experience of these two cities with lead in drinking water.
EPA Delays Lead and Copper Rule Revision Again, More Changes Likely6/28/2021
After yet another delay on expected updates to the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LRC), drinking water systems across the country have been given a little more time to figure out how to comply with the new version, while consumers are forced to wait for any potential stricter limits to take effect.
EPA, District Of Columbia Leaders Discuss Lead In Drinking Water6/25/2021
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a roundtable with organizers representing Washington, D.C., to highlight the experience of this community with lead in drinking water.
EPA, Leaders Of Benton Harbor And Highland Park, Michigan, Discuss Lead In Drinking Water6/22/2021
Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted a community roundtable with organizers representing Benton Harbor and Highland Park, Michigan, highlighting the experience of these two cities with lead in drinking water.
Infrastructure Bill Could Put A Dent In The Crime Rate, Expert Says6/23/2021
President Biden’s proposed infrastructure plan, which sketches out an investment of over $2 trillion, appears to be inching through negotiations in the House and Senate. Though it is likely to change, the first draft of the plan calls for massive investment in traditional infrastructure projects like roads, bridges and airports, while also promising to change life at work and at home with paid family leave and at-home medical care for senior citizens.
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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.
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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