Pipe Corrosion

Drinking Water Lead Exposure

Preparing for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

Drinking water lead exposure in the United States decreased significantly when the U.S. EPA published the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991. Yet, controlling distribution system lead corrosion remains a challenge that has jeopardized children’s health in some communities and diminished overall public trust in the safety of drinking water. Responding to this concern, the U.S. EPA has proposed LCR revisions that may have broad implications — in both protecting public health and expanding utility responsibility to manage this issue. These proposed revisions extend the breadth of current drinking water regulations to provide a more holistic approach towards the identification, characterization, and mitigation of distribution system lead infrastructure and its associated risks. 

Finished water stability starts with source water management. Corrosion control treatment may increase wastewater nutrient loads. Our One Water perspective and integrated planning approach connect diverse stakeholders to develop win-win strategies for utilities to efficiently prepare for rule finalization. These strategies engage a cross-sector mindset and include considerations for planning, asset management, monitoring/treatment, budgeting/funding, and public outreach needs to comply with LCR revisions.

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