Blog  /  February 2016  /  Beyond Flint: Anticipating the Impact on Water Treaters Nationwide

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The tragedy of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich., has entered the national consciousness and has provoked a visceral reaction from the public: “Could this happen in my town? What’s under the ground affecting my water that I can’t see?” And for good reason: Over 15% of the homes in Flint have lead levels higher than the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) established safe limit, dozens of individuals have elevated levels of lead in their blood and the number of children permanently impacted will not be known for years. Much has been written about how we got here, but I want to focus on the potential fallout for other communities, including those systems containing lead.

Long before the crisis in Flint, the EPA began consideration of long-term revisions of the Lead and Copper Rule. The National Drinking Water Advisory Council Lead and Copper Rule Working Group was convened in March 2014. Among the issues they were asked to consider was lead service line replacement.

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