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EPA Announces Get the Lead Out Initiative

EPA Announces Get the Lead Out Initiative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced a new Get the Lead Out (GLO) Initiative that will provide additional safe drinking water resources for communities. The new program is funded by the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will allow EPA and the Department of Labor to partner with 200 underserved communities nationwide to provide the technical assistance needed to identify and remove lead service lines.

The new program builds on EPA’s existing water technical assistance (WaterTA) portfolio. EPA will develop tools and case studies to share information and best practices between the Agency, State and Tribal programs, water system managers, and community leaders. EPA GLO will work with communities to get the lead out by supporting the development of:
 
  • Lead Service Line (LSL) Inventories that meet 2021 Lead and Copper Rule Revisions requirements deadline. An LSL Inventory is necessary to fully identify the funding needs of the community.
  • Community Engagement Plans that invite community input, provide educational resources, and meaningfully engage affected community members while identifying and replacing LSLs
  • Lead Service Line Replacement Plans to provide each municipality a roadmap for 100% identification and full replacement of all LSLs, including public and private portions
  • State Revolving Fund (SRF) Applications to help communities fund their service line replacement. Each recipient of this technical assistance will receive a customized plan to facilitate their work with the state.

For more information on GLO, visit: https://www.epa.gov/water-infrastructure/get-lead-out-initiative
 

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