U.S. EPA Considering Replacing All Lead Water Pipes

In a white paper released at the end of October, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it is considering replacing all lead service lines. It’s one of several regulatory options being considered as part of the agency’s upcoming revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). EPA is also mulling over whether to require drinking water utilities to identify the number and location of lead service lines in their system and if partial line replacements should be limited or prohibited.lead-pipes

According to EPA’s Joel Beauvais, the white paper also addresses “improving optimal corrosion control treatment requirements, consideration of a health-based benchmark for household-level interventions, the potential role of point-of-use filters, clarifications or strengthening of tap sampling requirements, increased transparency, and enhanced public education requirements.” Many of these topics and options were developed based on recommendations from the agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council and the Science Advisory Board.

A revised LCR is expected to be proposed in 2017.

To download the full white paper, visit Lead and Copper Rule Revisions: White Paper, October 2016.

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