In early January, state and local representatives will provide feedback on draft revisions to EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule — an important next step in long-awaited modifications to the rule, which sets limits for lead and copper content for water utilities.
Potential revisions under consideration include modifications to existing tap sampling, corrosion control treatment, transparency and public education, and full lead service line replacement.
Following the January 8 meeting, a 60-day public comment period is likely, with the notice of proposal rulemaking planned for roughly August 2018. Any changes to the rule would be finalized by February 2020.
Modifications to the Lead and Copper Rule would help reduce lead levels in drinking water, but could also result in increased costs for manufacturers who may need to modify their products.