Developments on Lead in Drinking Water and WRF Resources to Help

Recently, there has been press coverage related to Lead and Copper Rule compliance challenges in Flint, Michigan. Additionally, at a meeting held on November 17–19, the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) discussed recommendations for the EPA Administrator on the Lead and Copper National Primary Drinking Water Regulation—Long Term Revisions. These recommendations were provided to the EPA administrator on December 15, 2015. The EPA will review these recommendations and propose revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule sometime in the next several years. Additional updates and news reports may be coming in the near future related to LCR issues. 

WRF has done extensive work related to lead in drinking water. The Lead and Copper Research Overview summarizes relevant completed and ongoing WRF research projects to provide a basic understanding of the issues surrounding lead and copper. Since the late 1980s, WRF has funded over 45 research projects related to lead and copper corrosion, with a combined value of more than $14 million. 

WRF has published the following reports in the last few years on lead in drinking water, lead service lines, and the LCR:

Additionally, the following ongoing projects are related to lead:

Should you have specific questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact Jonathan Cuppett, WRF Research Manager, (303.347.6122,