Welcome to the Lead Resource Community

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.

EPA signs lead-free rule

The US Environmental Protection has signed and released a pre-publication version of a proposed 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 make conforming changes to existing regulations based on the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and the Community Fire Safety Act enacted by Congress. It would 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%. Upon publication in the Federal Register, EPA will request comments for 90 days.

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The Path from Flint

AWWA CEO David LaFrance, environmental advocates examine future of lead and water in the January/February 2017 issue of The Environmental Forum.

​Lead Service Line Replacement: 

Vital Tips From Leading Utility Managers

More than 100 water utility leaders from throughout the United States and Canada gathered on May 3, 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:  

Q&A Session with Expert Panelists:

View videos by each presenter:

Essential resources

Public Communication

Lead Service Lines

Lead & Copper Rule

Corrosion Control

Lead-Free Plumbing

Lead Control in Schools

Drinking Water Advisory Guidance



in the media

Symposium on Inorganics

Learn how to monitor and control lead release.

AWWA policy statements