Virtual Town Halls on Lead in Drinking Water & EPA's New Lead and Copper Rule

This three-part series for public health professionals covers the importance of addressing lead in drinking water as part of a comprehensive approach to lead poisoning prevention and health equity. We will also discuss the implications and requirements of EPA's new Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and the opportunities for public health officials to help accelerate full lead service line (LSL) replacement in their communities.

Join us for these important conversations, moderated by Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Executive Director of the Children's Environmental Health Network.

Upcoming Town Halls:

Paints & Pipes: A comprehensive approach to lead poisoning prevention
Wednesday, March 17th 12:00 -1:30 pm ET
Our first town hall will focus on the importance of addressing lead exposure from all sources, including drinking water, and on one city's plans for a comprehensive approach.

Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing
Mona Hanna-Attisha, Michigan State University & Hurley Children’s Hospital
Jean Mugulusi, Paterson (NJ) Division of Health

EPA’s Lead & Copper Rule: What Schools and Child Care Need to Know
April 21, 1:00 - 2:30pm ET 
In this second series installment, we will discuss the revised Lead & Copper Rule (LCR) requirements for schools and child care facilities and how states and school districts can best implement for optimum lead exposure reduction.

Lindsay McCormick, Environmental Defense Fund
Caroline Pakenham, Elevate Energy
LaTricea Adams, Black Millennialls for Flint

The LCR and LSL replacement: Opportunities to accelerate the removal of an important source of lead exposure
May 18, 12:30 - 2:00pm ET
In our final town hall, our panelists will share their efforts to facilitate LSL replacement in their communities and will discuss opportunities for public health professionals to leverage EPA's revised LCR in order to accelerate replacement.

Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund
Meg Trubee, Denver Water
Maureo Fernandez y Mora, Clean Water Action

About The Revised Lead and Copper Rule

The EPA released final revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule in December 2020, which will go into effect March 16 2021, pending review by the new Administration. Among other changes, the rule establishes a new "trigger" level for lead in drinking water to boost proactive actions and requires community water systems to test for lead in drinking water in elementary schools and child care facilities within their jurisdiction. It also requires a public inventory of lead service lines kept by local governments and water systems, as well as more rapidly implemented corrosion control treatments to reduce lead in drinking water. This is the first major update to the rule in 30 years.

This project was supported by Spring Point and the Environmental Defense Fund.