Understanding the new
LCR and Service Line Inventory
We must work together as a community and start NOW. Not only do we have to have inventory of our own supplies, we are now obligated to get in touch with our customers and determine what has been used from our meter to your home AND materials used within your home. We need as much participation as we can get from our customers to make this happen.
Help Carroll's Creek Water Authority be one step ahead!!
The backbone of the revised LCR is a new service line inventory that all public water systems, whether large or small, rural or urban, must develop by January 2024 unless they can demonstrate that they have no LSLs (Lead Service Lines). To develop this inventory, they must assign all service lines, regardless of ownership, for the portions on public or private property to one or four categories.
The Four Categories
Lead - Where a portion of the service line is made of lead (excluding lead connectors, such as goosenecks)
Galvanized Requiring Replacement - where a portion of the service line is galvanized iron or steel. If the system can determine that the galvanized pipe was never downstream of an LSL, then it is essentially a galvanized pipe not requiring replacement and can be categorized as "non-lead"
Non-Lead - Where the line is determined not to be "Lead" or "Galvanized Requiring Replacement". Our understanding is that systems could assume service lines installed after the 1986 federal ban on lead pipe are "non-lead"
Lead Status Unknown - where it has not been determined if the service line met the SDWA Section 1417 definition or "Lead-Free".
What We Must Determine
Materials evaluation used to develop a pool of sampling sites under the current rule.
All documentation indicating the service line materials including construction and plumbing codes, permits, and existing records.
All water systems records including maps, drawings, historical records on each connection, meter installation records, historical capital improvement or master plans, and standard operations procedures.
All inspections and records of the distribution system
Any other means provided by or required by the State to access service line materials.
Why Is This Important
Inventories serves three distinct purposes:
Tracking progress towards full LSL (Lead Service Lines) replacement should a water system exceed the existing lead action level or the new trigger level
Providing the basis for communicating to the public, customers, residents, and other persons served by the water which of the four categories the service line delivering their water is in
Enabling states and others to verify whether the tap water monitoring samples are being collected from homes with services lines that are lead (unless they have none) is required by the revised rule