DC Water releases new lead map, part of 2023 Lead Free DC plan

This summer DC Water released its 2023 Lead Free DC (LFDC) Plan, detailing the necessary actions required from DC Water, customers the District of Columbia, and other key partners to accelerate lead line replacement efforts. Lead Free DC launched in 2019 with the goal of removing all lead service lines in the District by 2030.

“Since 2019 DC Water and our partners have been making significant strides to reduce the sources of lead in drinking water,” said DC Water Chief Executive Officer and General Manager David L. Gadis. “As of May 2023, we replaced more than 4,200 lead service lines with copper pipes. We have leveraged District funding to provide free and discounted replacement programs that saved approximately $7 million for customers.”

DC Water also released more user-friendly customer tools on the LFDC program website. The district says its improved Lead Map allows customers to enter their property address to find out if they have a lead service line. In addition, an updated Construction Dashboard allows customers to see if free replacements for their area are scheduled, in progress or complete. The dashboard will also help homeowners understand which free or discounted lead service line replacement program they are eligible for. 

The 2023 Plan includes an updated cost estimate of $1.51 billion, the discussion of a potential legislative mandate requiring all District homeowners to replace their lead pipes, and the additional funding required to avoid adding a financial burden on ratepayers. Acquiring this funding could mean free or discounted lead service line replacements for every resident.  

Gadis added, “The mission of Lead Free DC is to equitably replace all lead service lines to benefit present and future generations. We cannot do this without the cooperation of our community partners, contractors, legislators, and most importantly, our customers. While we work toward removing all lead pipes in the District, we want customers to experience superior service that advances the health and well-being of our diverse communities. We thank all our partners for joining this critical mission.”

Through this plan, DC Water says it is also recommending a host of policies, permitting, outreach and funding initiatives in order to accomplish the lead service line replacement goal by the end of the decade. 

To read the updated Lead Free DC plan, and use the updated Lead Map and Construction Dashboard, please visit dcwater.com/lead.

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