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A Guide for Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Compliance

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Originally introduced in the 1990s, the Lead and Copper Rule was revised in December 2021, promoting more actionable and effective standards to mitigate the public health risks of lead and copper in water. Now, agencies must adhere to the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) by October 16, 2024.

You may be wondering what steps you should take to move your water system into compliance or how you can apply for funding to make those needed improvements. If so, download the guide below and let us take you through the various dimensions of the LCRR and what you can do to set your agency up for success.

What is in the Revised Lead and Copper Rule Guide?

Just as lead enters water in many ways, the LCRR also outlines a multifaceted approach to mitigating the health impacts of lead and copper in communities. This guide helps agencies align with the LCRR by cataloging their lead service line inventory and creating a phased plan to replace service lines. The guide also includes sampling priorities, requirements for communicating to impacted residents, and the updated lead trigger level, which necessitates preemptive measures to prevent lead levels from exceeding 15 parts per billion.

The Association of State Drinking Water Administrators estimates that compliance with the LCRR could cost more than $47 billion, so it is vital that systems apply for funding. Our guide identifies funding options as well as tips for submitting successful applications.

Kimley-Horn can support your LCRR compliance by helping you determine system challenges, create a roadmap for success, and navigate the application process to secure necessary funding. By collaborating with us on your LCRR compliance planning, we can help you integrate new lead and copper mitigation standards into your operations.

About the Experts

Matt Dunagin, P.E.

Matt Dunagin, P.E.

Matt has more than a decade of diverse municipal experience, including infrastructure design, utility relocation, civil site development, and transportation-related projects. Specifically, he has experience in designing, drafting, preparing specifications, managing construction, and performing inspections for water and wastewater, natural gas, and transportation facilities. A skilled project manager and civil engineer, Matt has worked on a diverse project portfolio—from sanitary sewer rehabilitation to natural gas distribution mains to comprehensive land development.

Mike Shelton, P.E., AICP

Mike Shelton, P.E., AICP

With more than two decades of utility engineering experience, Mike has dedicated his career to providing services for water and wastewater system design and construction administration for water, wastewater, pavement, and drainage projects. Mike leverages his system planning, design, and permitting experience to coordinate multidisciplinary projects and develop feasible plans that can be implemented by diverse clients. He has applied his unique treatment chemistry experience and aquatic toxicology training to wastewater compliance and municipal treatment design and has supported city planning and infrastructure for municipalities like Gainesville, Decatur, Lake Worth, Saginaw, and Rhome, Texas.


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