EPA published the final LCRR in the Federal Register on January 15, 2021. The final rule includes several new provisions and changes to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), including requiring water systems to identify and make public the locations of lead, non-lead, and unknown service lines through a lead service line inventory.
On March 12, 2021, EPA published a notice that impacts implementation for the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). The notice proposed to delay the effective date of the LCRR until December 16, 2021 and proposed to delay the compliance date to October 16, 2024.
EPA also announced that the LCRR will go into effect to support near-term development of actions to reduce lead in drinking water, such as the development of lead service line inventories by public water supply systems. At the same time, EPA will develop a new proposed rulemaking to strengthen key elements of the LCRR. The agency anticipates finalizing the forthcoming Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) prior to October 16, 2024, the current compliance date for the LCRR.
A fact sheet from EPA is available regarding next steps for the Lead and Copper Rule.
This information is current as of March 2022.