EPA’s New Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) Are in Effect

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David Munn

Treatment Engineer

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Xi Zhao

Treatment Engineer

As of December 16, 2021, the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) are officially in effect. The release of the LCRR includes the EPA’s strengthened regulatory framework on lead in drinking water, which follows the agency’s review of the Lead and Copper Rule and a series of public engagement activities earlier this year. In order to meet compliance, local water systems and state primacy agencies are required to develop lead service line inventories for submission to the EPA by October 16, 2024.

Additionally, the EPA has announced it intends to develop a follow-on rule, Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) by October 2024 with additional requirements for lead service line replacement.

For more details, review the EPA LCRR Fact Sheet.

Please reach out to Freese and Nichols if you would like additional information or need help addressing LCRR compliance requirements for your water utility system.

How can Freese and Nichols help?

With a staff of almost 1,000 dedicated professionals, we have performed services for water system programs totaling 2 billion gallons per day.

Our experience includes:

  • Current support for clients on lead and copper compliance
  • National and international expertise in corrosion control and water treatment
  • Training on the revised Lead and Copper Rule through the EPA and American Water Works Association
  • Program management and asset management experience that includes inventories, condition assessments and capital improvement planning
  • Funding assistance success in helping clients secure almost $3 billion in loans and grants for projects

To learn how we can assist you, please contact David Munn, David.Munn@freese.com; Xi Zhao, Xi.Zhao@freese.com; or your Freese and Nichols client representative.

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David Munn, PE, is our Water and Wastewater Treatment Group Manager for Southeast Texas.

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Xi Zhao, PE, specializes in helping utilities supply safe drinking water to their customers. She is based in Houston.