This bill would ensure that the public is informed of excessive lead levels in drinking water by establishing requirements for when states, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and drinking water utilities must communicate their findings.
A public notification would be required whenever the enforceable requirements for lead in drinking water are exceeded. Public water systems must notify consumers if the lead action level is exceeded in their drinking water system.
If a lead action level is exceeded for the 90th percentile of a public water system’s customers and has significant potential for adverse health effects, EPA must quickly notify the public if the state or local drinking water system fails to do so.
The EPA would be required to create a strategic plan for handling and improving the flow of information between drinking water utilities, the states, EPA, and affected drinking water consumers when the enforceable limit for lead in drinking water has been exceeded.
Consumer notifications would be required whenever water is being transported in a lead pipe that is corroded enough that lead could leach into public drinking water.