LCRR

Compliance
Pipeline

Your Yearly Guide to Success

The revised Lead and Copper Rule is here– the clock is ticking, and it’s time to prepare.

If you’re feeling uncertain about the contents of the rule, you’re not alone. We pored through its contents to create a suggested ten-year timeline of to-dos and best practices to help utilities gear up for the significant challenges ahead.

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PREPARATION

2021-2023

Develop an LCRR Action Plan that addresses:

  1. LSLI/LSLR strategy & funding sources
  2. Tier site & sampling impacts
  3. Trigger Level/Action Level impacts
  4. Rapid communications methods & strategies
  5. School/childcare sampling & education approach
  6. CCT evaluation
  7. Primary risk areas

Identify LCRR internal team and external partners

Develop a data management plan to support:

  1. School/Childcare and Tier site sampling
  2. Public communication
  3. Sample results for Lead, Copper, and Water Quality Parameters
  4. SLI & Tier Site Lists and ongoing updates as LSLs are replaced

Review LSL data. Develop preliminary inventory, and consider working with customers to obtain private side material info. Common sources include:

  1. Local plumbing & municipal codes
  2. GIS/Tap card data
  3. Main and service line install dates
  4. Photo/inspection records from customers

Create a draft LSLR Plan & identify pitcher/filter supply source

    Identify all K-12 schools and childcare facilities in your system so you can be prepared to sample required and requested locations

      Educate schools and childcare facilities on upcoming sampling in 2024

        Educate your utility and customers about the changes

          Review and update customer contact information with phone/email data

            Update Tier Sites & identify 1st/5th Liter sampling supplies

              Review CCT plan and determine if reoptimization is needed

                Identify Find-and-Fix and WQP monitoring sampling supplies and approach

                LCR TAKES EFFECT

                OCTOBER 2024

                COMPLIANCE PHASE 1

                2024-2025

                ANNUAL ACTIONS:

                Depending on your monitoring schedule, sample at updated Tier Sites. Take 1st and 5th liter samples at LSLs.

                Communicate results over 15 ppb within 3 days (individual home) or within 24 hours (90th percentile > 15 ppb)

                In 2024: Submit first LSLI or prove you have zero LSLs

                1. Notify any customer served by an LSL or service connection with unknown materials
                2. Recommendation: Validate 1/3 of the inventory annually

                  Conduct Find-and-Fix & WQP sampling at any homes > 15 ppb

                      Complete 20% of Elementary schools and childcare facilities. Share results with facilities and public health departments. Sample Middle-High schools by request.

                      1. 2024: Sample 20% of Facilities
                      2. 2025: Sample 40% of Facilities
                          COMPLIANCE PHASE 2

                          2026-2029

                          ANNUAL ACTIONS:

                          Depending on your monitoring schedule, sample at updated Tier Sites. Take 1st and 5th liter samples at LSLs

                              Communicate results over 15 ppb within 3 days (individual home) or within 24 hours (90th percentile > 15 ppb)

                                  Submit annual or triennial LSLI (based on monitoring schedule)

                                  1. Notify any customer served by an LSL or service connection with unknown materials
                                  2. Recommendation: Validate 1/3 of the inventory annually

                                      Conduct Find-and-Fix Sampling at any homes > 15 ppb

                                            Complete 20% of Elementary schools and childcare facilities. Share results with facilities and public health departments. Sample Middle-High schools by request.

                                            1. 2026: Sample 60% of Facilities
                                            2. 2027: Sample 80% of Facilities
                                            3. 2028: Sample 100% of Facilities
                                                  ONGOING COMPLIANCE

                                                  2030-ONWARD

                                                  Sample all K-12 schools and childcare facilities by request

                                                        Depending on your monitoring schedule, sample at updated Tier Sites. Take 1st and 5th liter samples at LSLs.

                                                              Communicate results over 15 ppb within 3 days (individual home) or within 24 hours (90th percentile > 15 ppb)

                                                                    Conduct Find-and-Fix Sampling at any homes > 15 ppb

                                                                          Submit annual or triennial LSLI (based on monitoring schedule)

                                                                                Notify any customer served by an LSL or service connection with unknown materials

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