Preparing Public Utilities for Lead Service Line Requirements

EPA requiring full inventory of properties still using potentially hazardous plumbing materials. WSP USA’s Steve Rupar suggests five strategies to efficiently manage this monumental task.

Unfortunately, the records that many of public water utilities have maintained for private property have been either incomplete or non-existent.


By October 2024, water utilities need to map their service area and identify properties where plumbing lines are constructed out of lead or copper materials.


Public utility service professionals visit numerous properties every day for many tasks. Use these opportunities to conduct simple but effective tests of the pipes for the maps.

In 1986, federal law prohibited the use of lead and copper plumbing fixtures, which can leech into the water supplies and lead to serious health problems.