AWWA Releases Response to New Lead Reduction Act

After a shareholder meeting with the EPA, AWWA releases 10 suggestions on how to best implement a new lead reduction act.

During a shareholder meeting on August 16, The U.S. Environment Protections Agency called for members to submit opinions and suggestions that they may have regarding the implementation of the "Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act" (Public Law 111-380). This law outlines two basic objectives: lowering the allowable amount of lead in pipes, fittings, and plumbing fixtures coming into contact with water and creating a small number of exemptions to this lead-free definition.

In response to this, the American Water Works Association released a detailed statement of ideas regarding the law and how best to integrate it into the water industry.

In this statement, released August 31, AWWA outlined ten recommendations about moving forward toward clean water. Calling for a simple and direct execution of this act, AWWA’s suggestions ranged from focusing on those two objectives to shying away from elaborate implementations of this act.

"It is essential that the Agency facilitate timely implementation of Public Law 111-380 and not introduce additional uncertainty or complicate work that is already underway to achieve compliance with the law's intent," said Thomas Curtis, AWWA's deputy executive director, in a letter accompanying the suggestions.

For the full list, visit the AWWA website.