Outreach to public health agencies has been an element of public education required by the LCR following an exceedance. This engagement was expanded in revisions to the LCR in 2007. The current LCR revisions take this coordination several steps further:
The rule frames this required communication as an opportunity for water systems to collaborate with state and local health agencies. For tribal systems, this would include the Indian Health Service Area, Division of Environmental Health Services program, or applicable tribal agency.
By working together, water systems and public health agencies can help ensure that caregivers, health care providers, and communities they serve hear and respond appropriately to information about lead in drinking water. This can also serve as an opportunity to develop public education materials in consultation with health agencies.
Opportunities to Accelerate Replacement
Engaging local public health agencies is an important aspect of building community awareness of how lead in water fits into lead risk reduction. This understanding of lead risk is informative to the community as it considers if and how to best accomplish the LSL replacement program required by the LCR and how to go beyond the rule requirements.
Communities may consider: