Step 3: Where are impacts anticipated?
Part of an LSL replacement program entails determining where impacts will occur and understanding the communities in these locations. In this context, the most obvious affected areas are those places served by an LSL and places where construction will need to be done to replace an LSL.
As described in the LSLR Collaborative's guide, Getting Started on an LSL Inventory, a service line inventory utilizes the best available information to describe where LSLs and galvanized service lines preceded by lead are located. The LSL inventory is an important input to the equity analysis. This data can be combined with information about community demographics and development patterns to help inform sequencing and prioritization.
In comparing LSL inventory data with demographic data, the community can also consider whether the approach to collecting data for the inventory introduced any unanticipated bias or uncertainty (i.e., how it’s collected, who collects it, and what’s collected) that has a disproportionate impact on portions of the community. It can be helpful to undertake this analysis informed by and in collaboration with the work of others (e.g., the public, community equity officers, local public health agencies, local planning agencies, etc.).
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This is a point in the process to consider the scope of the analysis to make sure that the tools at hand are appropriate to the task.
Guide to Equity Analysis
Where are impacts anticipated?