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3 things to consider when creating a lead service line inventory

February 27, 2024

By Brendan O'Brien, Nick Bouthilette and Bill Marriott

In this Water Finance & Management article, Stantec authors address a key question public water systems face: is there lead in our water lines?

Across the United States, public water systems are facing a big question: is there lead in our water lines? This is a concern especially in older cities where most of the water infrastructure pre-dates the federal lead pipe ban implemented in 1986.

Under the U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR), public water systems have until October 16, 2024, to complete an initial inventory of all residential, commercial and industrial connections (2-in. diameter and smaller) within their service area. In addition, under the EPA’s recently proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI), all lead service lines will need to be replaced within 10 years (or sooner) of the LCRI promulgation date, depending on the state.

Read the full article in Water Finance & Management.

  • Brendan O'Brien

    Brendan is Stantec’s growth leader for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). He also leads teams that provide creative solutions for water and wastewater clients in the Northeast and Southeast.

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  • Nick Bouthilette

    With nearly 20 years of experience, Nick manages municipal projects and clients in New England and provides technical and client support on larger, regional linear projects—both locally and abroad.

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  • Bill Marriott

    Bill is the regional sector leader of water treatment for Stantec’s US South region. He brings almost three decades of experience in water and wastewater treatment systems, pumping stations, and pipelines to his role as project technical lead.

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