RequirementsWater systems must sample tap and take actions including:
- Treating water to make it less corrosive to plumbing materials that contain lead and copper
- Educating consumers
- Replacing lead service lines
Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)
- EPA established LCR in 1991
- Applies to 68 thousand public water systems serving about 300 million people
Health Effectsof Lead and Copper
- Lead damages the brain, red blood cells and kidneys
- Copper can cause stomach and intestinal distress, liver or kidney damage, and complications of Wilson’s disease in genetically predisposed people
Pursuant to the “Federalism” Executive Order (#13132), EPA reached out to elected state and local government officials to discuss potential changes to the LCR.
Info for MWRA Communities
Advisory Board Federalism Comments – DRAFT
The Advisory Board in conjunction with the MWRA are reaching out to member communities for comments and feedback on potential revisions to EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule
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As we get more information, we’ll continue updating this page.