Lead Service Line Guidance for Small & Rural Water Utilities
This Guidance has been put together and/or produced by the Ohio Rural Water Association to assist small and rural water utilities in the development of Lead Service Line Replacement Programs (LSLRP) with funding from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
Every water utility is unique, and each LSLRP should be uniquely customized to best serve the utility and their customers. We sincerely hope that the information and documents below will save your utility valuable time & resources, and enable you to develop a thorough, effective, and financially efficient LSLRP that will empower your utility to remove all of the lead service lines in your community once and for all.
LCRR Lead Service Line Requirements
All CWSs and NTNCWSs must develop an inventory of service lines that meets the LCRR requirements, including service line materials classification, information sources, and public accessibility (40 CFR § 141.84(a)).
All Water systems must submit their initial inventories to their state by October 16, 2024 (40 CFR § 141.84(a)(1)) and 141.90(e)(1)).
All CWSs and NTNCWSs must notify all persons served by the water system at the service connection with a lead, GRR, or lead status unknown service line within 30 days of completing their service line inventory (40 CFR § 141.85(e)).
All LCRR requirements other than the initial inventory requirements are subject to change under the LCRI.
Developing the Initial Inventory
The initial inventory must include all servicelines regardless of ownership (40 CFR §141.84(a)(2)).
The initial service line inventory must use historical records as described in Chapter 4 (40 CFR §141.84(a)(3)(i)-(iii)), information gathered during normal operations as described in Section 3.4, andany resource, information, or identification method provided by or required by the state (40 CFR §141.84(a)(3)(iv) and (a)(5)).
Non-lead must be determined not to be lead or galvanized requiring replacement (GRR) through an evidence-based record, method, or technique (40 CFR §141.84(a)(4)(iii)).
If the water system is unable to demonstrate that the galvanized service line was never downstream of a lead service line (LSL), it must presume there was an upstream LSL and classify it as GRR (40 CFR §141.84(a)(4)(ii)).
LSL Inventory & Replacement Process
Key Steps: 1) Identifying Staff and Resources 2) Select an Inventory Format 3) Develop Procedures for Collecting Service Line Information 4) Establish Partnerships with Third Parties 5) Continuous Improvement
Fillable Community Outreach & Info Document
Fillable Door Hanger for Customers with possible LSLs