For Immediate Release: 12-7-2021
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In this third and final part of a three-part series on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead and copper regulations, actions currently required under the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) will be reviewed and compared to actions mandated by the new Lead and Copper Revised Rule (LCRR). As noted previously in this series, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized the first major update in nearly thirty years to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) on December 22, 2020.
Sample site collection under the current LCR prioritizes sample collection from sites with sources of lead in contact with drinking water and dictates that water systems must collect 50% of samples from lead service lines (LSL), if they are available. The final revised LCRR raises the priority of sampling of lead service lines versus copper service lines with lead solder and states that all samples must be collected from sites served by lead service lines, if available.
Sample collection procedures for sites with lead service lines is changed from a one-liter sample taken after no water has been drawn in the house for a minimum of six hours to collecting the first and fifth liters through the sample tap after no water has been drawn in the house for a minimum of six hours. Samples must be collected in wide-mouth bottles under the final revised rule.
Monitoring frequency, development of lead service line inventories, corrosion control treatment, and lead service line replacement requirements are all changed under the final revised rule. Outreach to consumers by the water system when lead service lines are discovered is also expanded in the LCRR.
This is a very abbreviated list of the changes that are resulting from the Lead and Copper Revised Rule. More information will be provided by the water system in the coming months and detailed information about the revised rule is available at: www.epa.gov.
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