AWWA members have worked to protect consumers against lead in drinking water for many years, creating scores of helpful communications, technical and public policy resources. In light of the ongoing situation in Flint, Michigan, these many resources are now available from this single hub. Here you will find insights on corrosion control and other lead management issues, the latest legislative and regulatory developments, and public outreach tools to help you speak with consumers and other key stakeholders.
AWWA's lead communications package helps utilities communicate with confidence by providing adaptable outreach documents, samples from colleagues across North America and off-the-shelf AWWA tools.
The city of Flint’s water system has tested "well below action levels" of the federal Lead and Copper Rule for the third consecutive 6-month monitoring period, reported the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on January 12, 2018. DEQ announced that "the latest round of testing shows that 90 percent of the Tier I samples collected are at or below 6 parts per billion (ppb), which is less than half of the 15 ppb federal action level. "
The US Environmental Protection in January 2017 proposed a regulation for Implementing Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, entitled "Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water.” The rule would modify the definition of lead free plumbing products (e.g., pipes, fittings and fixtures) to conform to the statute enacted by Congress that prohibits a lead content level above 0.25%. Read more about the rulemaking.
ANSI/AWWA C810-17 REPLACEMENT AND FLUSHING OF LEAD SERVICE LINES describes essential procedures for the replacement of lead water service lines and flushing following replacement. This standard also describes procedures for partial replacement and repair situations where complete lead service line replacement is not possible or practical. Read the press release.
The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, a diverse coalition of 23 water utility, public health, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and state and local governmental organizations – including AWWA – has released an online toolkit designed to help communities across the United States accelerate removal of lead service lines. The group’s toolkit includes information to assist local community efforts to remove lead service lines, including the portion of lead services on private property.
More than 100 water utility leaders from throughout the United States and Canada gathered in 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to share strategies for removing the lead service lines that connect millions of older homes to water mains. Hosted by AWWA, the event took place during Drinking Water Week, an annual observance focusing on water quality and supply issues. Water leaders discussed how a collaborative approach among utilities, customers, government and other stakeholders is key to replacement plans. Critical issues were addressed including affordability for low-income customers.
Introductory Presentations from Expert Panelists:
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AWWA CEO David LaFrance, examines the future of lead and water in the January/February 2017 issue of The Environmental Forum.