EPA Launches Lead Out Initiative, Accelerates Removal of Lead Service Lines

The EPA launched a new Lead Out Initiative, a move designed to accelerate the removal of lead service lines nationally. 

Last week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the Get the Lead Out (GLO) Initiative that will help ensure safer drinking water for communities. Through the GLO initiative, the EPA will partner with 200 underserved communities nationwide to provide the technical assistance they need to identify and remove lead service lines. As part of the federal government’s effort to tackle lead exposure, EPA will help communities remove the barriers to lead pipe removal. GLO will specifically help participating communities identify lead service lines, develop replacement plans, and apply for funding to get the lead out. Counties seeking to access GLO Initiative resources can request assistance by completing the WaterTA request form on EPA’s WaterTA website.

What kind of actions will the GLO Initiative support? 

EPA will work with communities to get the lead out by supporting the development of:

  • LSL Inventories that meet 2021 Lead and Copper Rule Revisions requirements deadline. An LSL Inventory is necessary to fully identify the funding needs of the community.
  • Community Engagement Plans that invite community input, provide educational resources, and meaningfully engage affected community members while identifying and replacing LSLs
  • Lead Service Line Replacement Plans to provide each municipality a roadmap for 100% identification and full replacement of all LSLs, including public and private portions
  • State Revolving Fund (SRF) Applications to help communities fund their service line replacement. Each recipient of this technical assistance will receive a customized plan to facilitate their work with the state.

Additionally, EPA will develop tools and case studies to share information and best practices between the Agency, state and Tribal programs, water system managers, and community leaders.

Read more about the GLO.