WQA sees progress in EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule
Rule revisions acknowledge value of home water treatment devices
LISLE, Ill. (Jan. 7, 2021) – The Water Quality Association says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s revised Lead and Copper Rule offers progress in the battle against lead in drinking water supplies across the United States. Among other things, the new rule requires testing in schools and childcare facilities while also establishing a trigger level to jumpstart lead mitigation earlier and in more communities.
Significant for the water treatment and filtration industry, the new rule allows Community Water Systems serving fewer than 10,000 people and all Non-Transient Non-Community Water Systems to elect to maintain point-of-use devices certified to remove lead in place of corrosion control treatment.
“This is another significant step forward in acknowledging the value and need for point-of-use technologies,” said Tom Bruursema, WQA Associate Executive Director for Member and Public Engagement. “These products offer a final barrier of protection for homeowners who may be concerned about the quality of their drinking water.”
The EPA approved revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule at the end of 2020 and has released the pre-publication version of the text. Official publication of the rule in the Federal Register is expected soon.
Under the new rule, the action level for lead in drinking water will remain at 15 parts per billion, but a new trigger level will be added at 10 parts per billion. Following the testing procedures for public water systems laid out in the rule, additional planning, monitoring, and treatment will be required when lead is detected at or above that trigger level.
Additional information can be found at the EPA’s website. WQA is prepared to offer resources and guidance to Community Water Systems and consumers about lead in drinking water. A video, “5 Things to Know about Lead.” can be found here. A list of products WQA Gold Seal certified to remove lead in drinking water is available on the WQA website.
WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. WQA’s education and professional certification programs have been providing industry-standardized training and credentialing since 1977. The WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water since 1959. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). WQA publishes a consumer-friendly website, BetterWaterToday.org.