In response to the EPA memo that called for strengthening safe drinking water programs, specifically the Lead and Copper Rule, and that we publicly applauded, the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) has asked for an important clarification on this particular segment:
To increase transparency in implementation of the LCR by posting on their public website and/or on your agency’s website:
o the materials inventory that systems were required to complete under the LCR, including the locations of lead service lines, together with any more updated inventory or map of lead service lines and lead plumbing in the system.
The letter from AMWA, on behalf of several water utilities, stresses that using the word “inventory” could “certainly create a false impression of the data that many utilities have on hand, resulting in unrealistic expectations from states, customers and the media.” It also “results in the expectation for more precise and comprehensive accounting of lead service lines and fixtures than is required to locate Tier 1 sampling sites (the purpose of doing the “materials evaluation” under the LCR).”
Read the full letter here: