Safe Drinking Water Act

Lead and Copper Rule Revisions Service Line Inventory Guidance

All VA Medical Centers (VAMC) must conduct a lead line survey of their potable water systems, consisting of all service lines external to the building(s) to the first point of entry shutoff valve or backflow preventer. These service lines may be owned wholly by the water system or facility, or in some cases, ownership may be split between the two. Surveys must follow the process outlined by the EPA, and results must be documented using the EPA’s Lead Service Line Inventory Form or state-level form (if required by the state’s regulatory organization).

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Drinking Water Regulations

The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) gives individual states the opportunity to set and enforce their own drinking water standards if the standards are at a minimum as stringent as EPA’s national standards.

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Revised Lead and Copper Rule

On August 4, 2022, EPA released Guidance for Developing and Maintaining a Service Line Inventory to support water systems with their efforts to develop inventories and to provide states with needed information for oversight and reporting to EPA.

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Fact Sheet

All community water systems (CWSs) and non-transient non-community water systems (NTNCWSs) must submit an initial inventory to their state or primacy agency by October 16, 2024. If you are a CWS or NTNCWS, this fact sheet can help you understand your requirements and prepare your inventory.

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