Developing an inventory is a task that, for most of these water suppliers, is daunting, for several reasons.
First, while records may be detailed and current for assets owned by the agency, the records regarding utilities on private property are often incomplete or non-existent. Second, many utilities have been hard at work since the 1986 amendment to the Safe Clean Drinking Water Act to remove lead fixtures from their systems and take other measures to comply with subsequent amendments.
This new regulation, and the short time frame in which it must be achieved, leaves many utilities feeling like the finish line keeps moving further out, with diminishing returns.
This new regulation enters relatively new and unchartered territory, as there are not many practices and procedures prepared to create inventories of service line materials on private properties.
But there is a path forward, and WSP USA is in a strong position to help these utilities create the roadmap that works for them.