EPA Issues Guidance to Help Communities Locate Lead Pipes


Under the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, water systems are required to prepare and maintain an inventory of service line materials by October 16, 2024. EPA’s new guidance will assist water systems in developing and maintaining service line inventories, support notifications to consumers served by lead pipes, and provide states with needed information for oversight and reporting to EPA.

This guidance will facilitate investment of $15 billion in funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that is dedicated to lead service line replacement. BIL funding can be used for lead service line replacement projects and associated activities directly connected to the identification, planning, design, and replacement of lead service lines, including development of service line inventories themselves.

The guidance is available here and to learn more about EPA’s water infrastructure investments through the IIJA click here.