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Lead in drinking water

Utilities that don’t currently have a violation under the federal Lead and Copper Rule may have to take action soon.

We're here to help. DC Water, Denver Water, Pittsburgh Water and Sewer, and SUEZ New Jersey have relied on us.

EPA and CDC agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child's blood. Sources of lead leaching into drinking water include primarily lead service lines and customer plumbing (lead solder, brass fixtures, etc.).

A new sense of urgency

The Final Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule require water utilities to act more urgently than ever before to replace lead service lines and reduce lead levels in drinking water. The Final Revisions require the following for all large systems:

  • Develop and maintain a lead service line inventory (including unknowns and galvanized piping downstream of lead) or demonstrate no lead services in the system.
  • Create a strategy for investigating unknown service line materials in the inventory.
  • Notify customers in the lead service line inventory annually.
  • Develop a lead service line replacement plan that is prioritized.
  • Implement a “find and fix” process to evaluate and remediate elevated lead levels where the individual tap sample exceeds 15 parts per billion. (Notify customer within three days.)
  • Provide a pitcher filter and sampling after replacement of a lead service line.
  • If a lead service line is present, collect five liters of water and use the fifth liter sample for compliance.

Assessing the challenge

Not sure the extent of your problem? We can help evaluate your system and prioritize actions by developing an inventory of lead service lines, managing relevant data, and analyzing the relevant regulations. We can assess water quality in the distribution system and conduct studies of corrosion control options to find the right solution.

Managing the program

Our team brings effective program solutions, sets schedules, surveys properties, assists with selecting contractors, manages construction and program budgets, and conducts inspections. We can provide the needed staff to support any component of your program.

Communicating with the public

Our team is experienced at addressing concerns of homeowners and helping provide them with water filters for use while remediation is going on. We help you communicate clearly with regulators and the press and support your public communication efforts.

Find out more

To learn more about how we can support your lead remediation program, contact John Wujek by email at john.wujek@mottmac.com or by phone at 413.315.2419.

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