Local governments, including community water systems, have an opportunity to inform the Lead and Copper Rule Improvement rulemaking by commenting in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) current Federalism and Unfunded Mandates consultation, which are two different (frequently concurrent) reviews of financially significant regulatory actions. The reviews provide state and local governments a chance to provide feedback about the rule’s impacts. AWWA invites each AWWA Section to submit comments to this consultation and encourage member utilities to comment as well. AWWA also solicited member utility comments in the October 14 Water Utility Insider . Key messages to convey and to illustrate using local examples might include: Water providers are committed to protecting public health. We are working to protect consumers today as we work for a future without lead service lines. The Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) will introduce significant compliance challenges. Revised sampling protocols, sample pools and compliance calculations are likely to result in many communities exceeding the current action level of 15 parts per billion. As water providers embark on the important work of developing lead service line inventories and replacement strategies, we cannot defer other infrastructure investments that are also critical for public health and safety. The funding provided by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Act is significant but will not fund the cost of the LCRR, nor additional requirements anticipated under the LCRI. The United States has made significant strides in reducing lead exposure. In its 2016 LCR White Paper, EPA notes that “over the last 25 years, the percentage of children aged 1–5 years with blood lead levels less than or equal to 5 micrograms per deciliter declined more than ten-fold, and blood lead levels fell dramatically for all racial and ethnic groups.” The water community looks forward to working collaboratively with EPA on future lead risk reduction. Comments should be submitted to LCRI@epa.gov or via www.regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2022-0813). This is the last significant opportunity to submit feedback to EPA to inform the proposal the agency has committed to publishing next summer and finalizing by October 2024. As a reminder, AWWA has resources available to help utilities communicate with media about lead in drinking water: Lead Resource page , which includes a printable brochure on lead Lead whiteboard animation Lead Communications Toolkit DrinkTap’s Lead in Water page Questions can be directed to Steve Via , federal relations director.