ASDWA releases white paper on lead inventories

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), an association of state primacy agencies, has released a new white paper on developing lead service line inventories. News of the white paper’s release was noted in the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies’ (AMWA) Monday Morning Briefing on Sept. 2.

The ASDWA paper includes a breakdown of existing strategies in four states (California, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin) that currently require community water systems to provide data on the materials of their service lines, as well as three states (Indiana, Massachusetts and Washington) that have conducted voluntary surveys.

In the paper, the association also outlines numerous recommendations for states looking to create their own surveys, whether mandatory or voluntary.

States and utilities are still waiting for EPA to release its proposal for the new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The agency has previously stated in its Federal Lead Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts to expect the LCR this summer. Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dave Ross told attendees at an AMWA Water Policy Conference in April that the likelihood of seeing the proposed rule by this summer was “very, very, very high.”

According to AMWA, as of last week the rule was still under review at the Office of Management and Budget, and no new announcements or updates to the timeline have been provided by the agency.

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