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Business intelligence solutions put your data all within arms reach.  With this enabling capability, it is possible to better-assess the impact of regulatory changes on your current and potential water industry customers.  From the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) to the regulations related to old and new contaminants, mastering water industry data can help you maximize market opportunities. 

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Public exposure to lead through lead service line (LSL) water conveyances is a heated issue in a growing number of communities.  

The EPA proposed new regulations designed to provide more effective protection of public health by reducing exposure to lead and copper in drinking water.  The draft plan addresses the implementation of the existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in the following areas: lead tap sampling; corrosion control treatment; lead service line replacement; consumer awareness; and public education.  

Notably, the proposal would require water systems to replace the water system-owned portion of an LSL when a customer chooses to replace their customer-owned portion of the line and to require water systems to initiate full lead service line replacement programs where existing action levels are exceeded.  Differences between the current and existing LCR are detailed starting on page 21 of the pre-publication of the proposal.  

Waters of the United States (WOTUS)

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The CWA is not new.  The idea of WOTUS is not new, but it has been evolving over time.  Fine points are being rehashed in terms of how WOTUS is defined.  These nuances may seem academic to an industry outsider, but they can have fundamental impacts on how groundwater is handled.  

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Army have formally repealed the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which amended portions of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) and restored the regulatory text defining "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) that existed before 2015.

The outcomes of the hearings on the Clean Water Act, expected to take place in late 2019 or early 2020, may have wide regulatory impacts affecting the water industry’s use of groundwater.

 

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