NSF, BlueConduit launch partnership for LSL predictive modeling

NSF has announced a partnership with BlueConduit, a pioneer in predictive modeling for lead service lines (LSL) that will enable NSF to offer BlueConduit’s LSL solutions directly, and better reach water utilities with this technology to help remove LSLs across the United States.

This strategic partnership leverages NSF’s public health platform and establishment in the water industry with NSF-certified products present in most water distribution networks. NSF also has collaborated with national water authorities, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) to develop and maintain NSF/ANSI/CAN 61: Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects. This standard has essentially eliminated lead from new and certified plumbing and water distribution products.

This partnership comes in response to the revised Lead and Copper Rule (LCRR), which mandates that all water utilities must provide an initial inventory of their LSLs as a step to help eliminate the estimated 9.2 million LSLs in the next decade. Non-compliance will subject utilities to federal enforcement actions. Beyond this immediate requirement, water utilities are responsible for guaranteeing the quality of the water they supply. Violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act, whether for lead or other contaminants, can result in fines, enforcement actions, and even criminal charges based on the severity of the infraction.

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“NSF’s and BlueConduit’s partnership perfectly aligns with NSF’s mission of improving human and planet health and continues our efforts to remove lead from drinking water,” said Dave Purkiss, vice president, NSF. “Through utilizing this technology, LSLs are more quickly and efficiently located and replaced, reducing lead exposure to the public. Additionally, water utilities can reduce costs involved with the current untimely and invasive methods for evaluating and replacing LSLs.”

The solution can be integrated into Esri ArcGIS, enabling customers to use predictive data alongside other relevant municipal data sets and to take advantage of Esri functionality for service line inventory.

“This partnership allows us to better help water systems utilize predictive modeling to manage LCRR/LCRI requirements, allowing them to compile and maintain inventories and replacement plans as simply, transparently, and efficiently as possible,” added Lorne Groe, CEO of BlueConduit. “By increasing efficiencies, water systems can focus on the work that matters – getting the lead out of the ground and ensuring safe, reliable, and affordable water for the communities they serve.”

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