Welcome to the Lead Resource Community

AWWA members have worked to protect consumers against lead in drinking water for many years, creating scores of helpful communications, technical and public policy resources. In light of the ongoing situation in Flint, Michigan, these many resources are now available from this single hub. Here you will find insights on corrosion control and other lead management issues, the latest legislative and regulatory developments, and public outreach tools to help you speak with consumers and other key stakeholders.

Lead Communications

AWWA's lead communications package helps utilities communicate with confidence by providing adaptable outreach documents, samples from colleagues across North America and off-the-shelf AWWA tools. 

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News

Michigan DEQ: Flint lead levels "well below" action level

The city of Flint’s water system has tested "well below action levels" of the federal Lead and Copper Rule for the third consecutive 6-month monitoring period, reported the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality on January 12, 2018.  DEQ announced that "the latest round of testing shows that 90 percent of the Tier I samples collected are at or below 6 parts per billion (ppb), which is less than half of the 15 ppb federal action level. "

“For 18 months, data has shown that Flint’s water quality is restored and testing the same or better than many cities across the state and country,” said Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and former interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality who remains the principal on Flint water.  "In addition to the positive water testing data to date, Mayor Karen Weaver’s service line replacement program is an important component to the future long-term integrity of the Flint water system and we look forward to the continued partnership and improvements to the system.”

EPA awards $100 million to hasten Flint mitigation

The US Environmental Protection Agency in March 2017 awarded a $100 million grant to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to fund drinking water infrastructure upgrades in Flint. The funding, provided by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act of 2016, enables Flint to accelerate and expand its work to replace lead service lines and make other critical infrastructure improvements.

EPA proposes lead-free rule

The US Environmental Protection in January 2017 proposed a regulation for Implementing Section 1417 of the Safe Drinking Water Act, entitled "Use of Lead Free Pipes, Fittings, Fixtures, Solder and Flux for Drinking Water.” The rule would modify the definition of lead free plumbing products (e.g., pipes, fittings and fixtures) to conform to the statute enacted by Congress that prohibits a lead content level above 0.25%. Public comment is accepted through April 17.

Lead Service Line Replacement

First edition Standard on Replacement and Flushing of LSLs published

ANSI/AWWA C810-17 REPLACEMENT AND FLUSHING OF LEAD SERVICE LINES describes essential procedures for the replacement of lead water service lines and flushing following replacement. This standard also describes procedures for partial replacement and repair situations where complete lead service line replacement is not possible or practical. Read the press release.


Collaborative releases online tookit

The Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, a diverse coalition of 23 water utility, public health, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and state and local governmental organizations – including AWWA – has released an online toolkit designed to help communities across the United States accelerate removal of lead service lines. The group’s toolkit includes information to assist local community efforts to remove lead service lines, including the portion of lead services on private property.

The Environmental Defense Fund, a member of the Collaborative, released a report in March 2017 that analyzed and graded the housing disclosure policies of all U.S. states and the District of Columbia according to their ability to help homebuyers make informed decisions about LSLs before they sign a sales contract. EDF found "a remarkable amount of variance in state disclosure laws – from states that require sellers to fill out detailed disclosure forms to “buyer beware” states, where the responsibility is on the buyer, not the owner, to investigate hazards.".


Vital tips from leading utility managers

More than 100 water utility leaders from throughout the United States and Canada gathered on May 3, 2016 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. to share strategies for removing the lead service lines that connect millions of older homes to water mains. Hosted by AWWA, the event took place during Drinking Water Week, an annual observance focusing on water quality and supply issues. Water leaders discussed how a collaborative approach among utilities, customers, government and other stakeholders is key to replacement plans. Critical issues were addressed including affordability for low-income customers.

Introductory Presentations from Expert Panelists:


View videos by each presenter:

The Path from Flint

AWWA CEO David LaFrance, examines the future of lead and water in the January/February 2017 issue of The Environmental Forum.


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