Lead and Copper In Your Water News from the WQA


The Water Quality Association says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's revised Lead and Copper Rule offers progress in the battle against lead in drinking water supplies across the United States. Among other things, the new rule requires testing in schools and childcare facilities while also establishing a trigger level to jumpstart lead mitigation earlier and in more communities.

Significant for the water treatment and filtration industry, the new rule allows Community Water Systems serving fewer than 10,000 people and all Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems to elect to maintain point-of-use devices certified to remove lead in place of corrosion control treatment.

The EPA approved revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule at the end of 2020 and has released the pre-publication version of the text. Official publication of the rule in the Federal Register is expected soon.

Under the new rule, the action level for lead in drinking water will remain at 15 parts per billion, but a new trigger level will be added at 10 parts per billion. Following the testing procedures for public water systems laid out in the rule, additional planning, monitoring, and treatment will be required when lead is detected at or above that trigger level.

Additional information can be found at the EPA's website.


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