Environmental Defense Fund
Accelerating full replacement of lead service lines (LSL) – the lead pipes that run from the drinking water main under the street to homes – is a priority for EDF. These pipes are the primary source of lead in water and, when disturbed, may release lead particles that expose consumers, without warning, to extremely high levels. As part of the effort to encourage safe and effective removal of LSLs replacement, EDF helped launch a new Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative with 23 national public health, water utility, environmental, labor, consumer, housing, and state and local governmental organizations to help communities develop and implement voluntary programs to eliminate these pipes.
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Public Works Magazine
Old lead service lines connect an estimated 6 million homes and businesses to community drinking water mains. As residents of Flint, Mich., continue to filter tap water to remove toxins, industry groups are offering free resources and other support to help cash-strapped public utilities voluntarily find and replace lead pipes.
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