This morning, the Biden-Harris Administration announced its findings from its review of the Jan. 15, 2021 Lead and Copper Rule Revisions . The review found that there are opportunities to take additional regulatory and nonregulatory steps to further lead risk reduction. AWWA CEO David LaFrance attended an event in Washington D.C. today during which the Vice President Kamala Harris announced EPA’s rulemaking plans as part of a Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan. Following the event, AWWA issued a public statement . Importantly for water systems, EPA lays out the path and initial timeline that it will be following. Key components of that path are: The Jan. 15, 2021 LCRR Revisions are effective as of today, Dec. 16, 2021 . Water systems must comply with the LCRR deadlines unless a future rulemaking changes them. The first of those deadlines is Oct. 16, 2024. EPA intends to propose and then promulgate further revisions – the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) -- prior to Oct. 16, 2024. Because of the LCRI rulemaking, EPA anticipates proposing a delay in compliance date for submittal of Lead Service Line Replacement Plans and Tap Sampling Plans. The notice and announcement describe the development of supporting guidance, but specific timelines are not described. The announcement and pre-publication Federal Register notice do not describe specific changes anticipated in the LCRI, but the notice does outline specific areas of focus, including: Re-evaluation of the action and trigger levels Re-evaluation tap sample compliance data set; perhaps including both 1st and 5th liter lead concentrations in those calculations when samples are drawn from homes with lead service lines Provisions that would result in all lead service lines being replaced as quickly as is feasible Provisions to prioritize the removal of lead service lines in historically disadvantaged communities The EPA announcement calls out the potential for recent federal infrastructure appropriations as well as legislative funding proposals currently in development as being important resources. EPA emphasizes: Timely development of initial lead service line inventories; Avoiding partial lead service line replacement; and Prioritization of lead service line replacement for the most vulnerable populations by focusing on schools, child-care facilities, homes where children are living, other locations where children are present, and households of those who historically have been disproportionately exposed to lead from water and other media. Examples of media coverage from today’s events are below: NBC story on lead plans NBC video of Biden-Harris announcement CNN coverage of announcement Wall Street Journal article (behind pay wall) AWWA has resources available to help utilities communicate about lead in drinking water, including: AWWA Statement Lead Resource page , which includes a printable brochure on lead Lead whiteboard animation available on YouTube Lead Communications Toolkit DrinkTap’s Lead in Water page Questions can be directed to Steve Via , director of federal relations, or Greg Kail , director of communications.