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Proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule announced by U.S. EPA

The topic of lead and water is back in the news. Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the federal agency that regulates public drinking water systems, announced proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule. 

Responsibility graphicDes Moines Water Works wants you to know that we are committed to the public health of our community. We are currently evaluating the proposed rule changes and what they mean for our ratepayers. We estimate there are 20,000 lead water service lines in Des Moines. 
The service line (see graphic above) is owned by you, the property owner. It is the underground pipe that brings water from the water main in the street into your home (see photo of a lead line below).  

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What does all this mean? The water Des Moines Water Works produces is lead-free when it leaves our three water treatment plants and as it travels through our distributions system, but there are still some privately owned lead water lines in older areas of our community. Having a lead water line is a liability. No level of lead is safe for babies and children. 

What is DMWW doing? DMWW has already begun educating our customers about lead water service lines, ownership responsibility, and how you can locate information about your line material and seek an inspection. We have already taken steps to begin compliance by starting a lead service line replacement pilot program, creating an inventory of lead service lines within our distribution system, and working with local, state and national leaders to designate available funding for lead service line replacement and potential regulations tied to lead line replacement.
Do you have questions? Email us: Learn more: Lead In Drinking Water FAQ.
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