The Environmental Policy Innovation Center (EPIC) just released, “From the Ground Up: A guide to replacing the nation’s toxic lead pipes over the next decade”. This forty-one page report provides a blueprint for all municipalities, utilities and policymakers for lead service line replacement (LSLR).
Time is the one thing not on your side when it comes to finding and replacing all unknown materials.
This report provides the ten best practice recommendations for LSLR by the EPA deadline of October 2024.
1. Elevate and support lead-free water champions.
2. Locate and map lead service lines quickly—and replace as you go.
3. Embrace new and emerging technologies to replace lead service lines.
4. Make information accessible to the public—before there’s a crisis.
5. Engage and make joint decisions with community partners.
6. Focus on equity and prioritizing at-risk populations in replacement efforts.
7. Develop a multi-year financing plan, taking advantage of multiple funding sources.
8. Advance equity, innovation, and efficiencies through contracting and better procurement.
9. Advance policy changes to ensure a more equitable distribution of funds.
10. Match the pace of lead pipe replacement with the urgency of the problem.From the Ground Up report
Read the full text of the LSL Replacement Guide here (PDF).
BlueConduit’s platform predicts service line materials on a home-by-home basis, enabling municipalities to budget and plan programs based on clear, actionable data. Utilities rely on BlueConduit to expedite lead pipe replacement. Actionable inventories allow officials to replacement pipes first at high-risk homes. This approach is not only the most efficient and equitable solution, but improves public trust.
See how we can help you get ahead of the requirements and get the lead out of the ground.