The Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts has four stated goals: • Goal 1: Reduce Children’s Exposure to Lead Sources • Goal 2: Identify Lead-Exposed Children and Improve their Health Outcomes • Goal 3: Communicate More Effectively with Stakeholders • Goal 4: Support and Conduct Critical Research to Inform Efforts to Reduce Lead Exposures and Related Health Risks AWWA’s Lead Communications kit may be of assistance in responding to questions. The plan notes the substantial progress on reducing lead exposure over the past couple decades, but adds that “non-Hispanic black children, children living in families below the federal poverty level and children living in older housing have statistically significant increased risk of higher blood lead levels (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency [EPA], 2017).” Reducing lead in drinking water is identified as the second objective of the plan’s first goal. Actions EPA plans to take include: • Revise the LCR based on input EPA recently received from state, tribal and local partners, as well as the best available peer reviewed science, to ensure the rule reflects the best ways to improve public health protection and reduce levels of lead in drinking water. (EPA) • Enhance implementation of the LCR by engaging with state, tribal, local and other stakeholders to identify implementation challenges, best practices and tools to address these challenges. (EPA) • Assist schools and child care centers with the 3Ts approach (Training, Testing and Taking Action) to reduce lead in drinking water and increase the number of schools and child care centers that test and provide parents with information on how to minimize children’s exposure to lead in drinking water. (EPA) • Finalize regulatory changes to the definition of leadfree plumbing products and make other conforming changes to implement the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act and the Community Fire Safety Act enacted by Congress. The final regulation is expected to result in fewer sources of lead in drinking water by implementing new standards for lead content in plumbing materials used in new installations and repairs. (EPA) • Collaborate with states and tribes to provide opportunities for low-interest loans and grants through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan program for updating and replacing drinking water infrastructure. (EPA) • Implement three newly authorized grant programs under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, for which Congress appropriated $50 million in FY2018, to fund grants to small and disadvantaged communities for developing and maintaining infrastructure, for lead reduction projects, and to support the voluntary testing of drinking water in schools and child care centers. These programs decrease exposure to lead in drinking water by providing financial incentives to test, educate and replace infrastructure. (EPA) • Provide low-interest loans and grants to rural communities for drinking water infrastructure. (USDA) Questions? Contact Steve Via , AWWA director of federal relations, or Greg Kail , AWWA director of communications.