Today, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the agency’s proposal for the Long-Term Lead and Copper Rule (LT-LCR). The highlighted themes of EPA’s proposal include: Lead service line replacement , requiring utilities replace the utility-owned portion of a lead service when a customer elects to replace the customer-owned portion of the line. Strengthening corrosion control treatment at a new “trigger level.” At a 10 ppb trigger level for the 90th percent sample, systems that currently treat for corrosion would be required to re-optimize existing treatment. Systems that do not currently treat for corrosion would be required to conduct a corrosion control study. The 15 ppb action level remains unchanged. Increasing sampling reliability by embedding current guidance in rule language and revising sample pool requirements. Improving risk communication , including requiring public notification within 24 hours if system exceeds the action level. Monitoring for lead in schools and childcare facilities, utilities will be required to test schools and child care facilities. While not highlighted in EPA’s announcement, the rule also requires “a water system would submit a (lead service line replacement) plan by three years after the final rule publication date.” (See Page 49 in the rule pre-publication version ). Development of this rule began shortly after completion of the 2007 LCR Short-Term Regulatory Revisions. Over the last several years, EPA has refined its guidance to states on implementation of the current LCR, and several states have made their own administrative and regulatory changes. Therefore, it is important for every utility to consider how the changes included in the proposed rule will impact current practice when the rule is finalized. EPA will provide a 60-day comment period on the proposal. Members are encouraged to share their experience managing lead in drinking water and what that experience implies for implementation of the proposed rule provisions. The EPA is hoping to finalize the LT-LCR in 2020, so it is unlikely there will be another comment opportunity. AWWA will continue to update members on developments related to the LCR in the weeks ahead. EPA has updated information on the LT-LCR revisions on its website , including links to today’s announcement. AWWA resources on lead are available at awwa.org/lead . Water utilities should expect questions regarding the above themes from the media. AWWA recommends focusing comments on your utility’s commitment to protecting against lead exposure. Below are some suggested points to elevate: [Name of Utility] cares about your health and has been acting for many years to help limit exposure to lead in drinking water. As a customer, there are some steps you can take to further help limit your exposure. Lead does not come from the treatment plant or water main; it comes from lead service lines running between the water main in the street and the home, and from plumbing inside the home. If you have lead in the water pipe leading to your home or in your home plumbing, you should take precautions to protect your family and consider removing the sources of lead. You can reduce your risk of consuming lead in water by: Flushing out the lines after a period of stagnation to get fresh water that is coming from the main. Avoiding consuming water from the hot water tap, where lead is more likely to be present. Purchasing a point-of-use treatment device certified to remove lead. Using an alternative supply or bottled water until sources of exposure are removed. If you test for lead in your tap water, have the sample analyzed by a certified laboratory. [Make details available if possible.] Because portions of the lead service lines in our community are owned by [Name of Utility] and portions are owned by property owners, replacing them requires a collaborative effort. [Explain your utility’s approach to addressing lead service lines in your community.] [Name of Utility] offers low-income customers [relevant financing options or other programs to offset replacement expenses]. [Explain any other available state or other programs to assist lead service line replacement.] [Explain that there can be additional sources of lead exposure in home plumbing.] AWWA also provides information on helping schools address lead in water in the Lead Communications Toolkit . Questions regarding the LT-LCR proposal can be directed to Steve Via , AWWA’s director of federal relations. Media inquiries and members seeking assistance with communication on lead can contact Greg Kail , AWWA’s director of communications.