Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposal for further revising the Lead and Copper Rule – the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements . AWWA issued a press statement this morning regarding the proposal. The proposed rule includes extensive changes to current requirements as well as technical corrections following the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions rulemaking. EPA has prepared several summary documents (see above link) and provided the pre-publication copy of the rule, which contains additional details. Proposed changes of note include: Clarifies that lead connectors are not lead service lines for purposes of lead service line replacement requirements Adds lead connectors to lead service line inventory All lead service lines are to be fully replaced (including on customer property) within 10 years. Systems are expected to replace at least 10% of their lead service lines each year (3-year rolling average) with a maximum threshold of 10,000 annual service line replacements for systems with atypically high numbers of LSLs and GRR service lines The lead action level will be reduced to 10 µg/L from the current 15 µg/L Both first liter and fifth liter compliance monitoring samples will be analyzed for lead. Compliance calculations will incorporate the higher of the two observed lead concentrations If a water system has three or more lead action level exceedances within five years, the system must increase public education efforts and provide drinking water filters that remove lead to all consumers Clarifies verification of service line materials and updating of lead service line inventory Changes to required components of the Lead Service Line Replacement Plan, including approach to determining replacement rate Proposes new standard of 'reasonable effort” for attempting to engage customers in full lead service line replacement EPA anticipates finalizing the LCRI before the LCRR compliance begins (Oct. 16, 2024). EPA proposes revising the schedules for key elements of the LCRR, including delaying anticipated transition to most of the elements of the LCRR until three years following final LCRI Federal Register publication. The notice reads: “EPA is proposing a compliance date of three years after promulgation of a final rule and is proposing that systems continue to comply with the LCR until that date, with the exception of the LCRR initial LSL inventory, notification of service line material, associated reporting requirements, and the requirement for Tier 1 public notification for a lead action level exceedance under subpart Q.” Reducing lead exposure is a Biden Administration priority. AWWA encourages members to be prepared to both respond to questions, and more importantly, proactively communicate with the communities you serve about what your water system is doing to address lead exposure. We also ask that members: Review the LCRI proposal carefully Direct information from your system to inform AWWA’s comment develop process to firstname.lastname@example.org . Communicate your experience and insights to EPA directly via Docket No. EPA-HQ-OW-2022-0801 . Comments will be due 60 days after publication of the proposed rule in the Federal Register (anticipated next week). AWWA shared lead-related risk communication tips for utilities in an advisory distributed on Nov. 27 . Questions can be directed to Steve Via , federal relations director, or Greg Kail , director of communications.