Dear Community Stakeholders,

Significant changes have been made to the lead and copper rule that will impact communities over the coming years. Below is an overview of the anticipated changes along with some survey questions to help gauge levels of preparedness and concern among communities.

Overview of Lead and Copper Rule adjustments:

  • Over next 3 years each community must come up with inventory of service lines (on public and private property). Inventory includes lead, galvanized, or non-lead product lines.
  • Lines with no known record must be labeled as “unknown” on the inventory.
  • By January of 2024 the inventory needs to be submitted to the state and it has to be available to the public.
  • Properties with lead and galvanized lines will have be notified annually of this, be made aware of the associated risks, and encouraged to replace.
  • A plan to replace active lead and galvanized lines will have to be submitted to DEP.
  • Disruptions to any line will require a notice to the customer and possibly providing a filter to the customer for a 6-month period.
  • Lead service lines will be requiring sampling (this may drive reported number up)
  • Lead service lines will require surveying in the service line (homeowner will use 5 bottles)
  • 15ppb notification to customers will be required. This will require more extensive communication to customers.
  • 3-day notice for homes of the action level, find and fix
  • There will be more interaction with schools. National requirement that schools and childcare facilities be samples. For first 5 years Pre-K and elementary schools (and any other schools that ask). Any school after 5 years.
  • Goosenecks not required in inventory but must be replaced if identified