The clock is ticking! ⏰ The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead and Copper Rule has a deadline for utilities coming soon: the Lead Service Line Inventory information must be submitted by Oct. 16, 2024. Hear from BlueConduit’s co-founder, Eric Schwartz, and discover what challenges utilities might face in preparing their inventories. Eric talked to Jeremy Wolfe from WaterWorld Magazine about the EPA’s Lead & Copper Rule deadline, the many challenges of finding these service lines and the need to digitize records that show where lead is located.
“The challenge from the water system perspective is vast because they don’t all have great records, in fact the vast majority of them hardly had any historical records of where the service lines are – very often there is a lot of missing data and so a lot of the materials of these service lines from address to address is just unknown.”(1:00 – 1:25)
Eric speaks on the importance of updating these records for state compliance in order to easily locate where the service lines are.
“At the end of the day they [records] need to be digitized into a clean spreadsheet and clean map, so that they can both report it for compliance purposes to their state and the EPA, and report it out to the public so that they can be transparent. There is a rule that all water systems must be providing some public facing inventory if they’re above a certain threshold of size.”(2:20-2:45)
View the interview and video on the WaterWorld site!
BlueConduit pioneered the predictive modeling approach to lead service line identification and replacement. Through their SaaS platform, utilities, municipalities, government agencies, and consultants standardize, predict, report, and communicate key information about lead.