Reducing lead from distribution systems

Lead Policy – Minnesota


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Action level exceedances must be reported to consumers

Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the results of lead testing must be reported to the people who receive water from the sampling location within 30 days of receiving the results, and public notification and education is required if lead concentrations exceed the action level in more than 10 percent of taps sampled.

Testing results must be reported to local public health agencies

Minnesota does not require lead in drinking water tests to be reported to public health agencies.

Schools and childcare facilities are required to test for lead*

Minnesota public schools are required to test drinking water for lead, but private schools and childcare facilities do not have testing requirements.

Action level is at or below 12 ppb*^

Minnesota does not have a more protective action level for lead in drinking water than the federal action level of 15 ppb.

Action level is at or below 5 ppb for schools and childcare facilities*^

Minnesota does not have a more protective action level for lead in schools and childcare facilities than the federal action level of 15 ppb.

Service line material inventory is required

Minnesota has issued guidance to CWSs on creating and submitting water distribution system material inventories by October 16, 2024 to comply with the LCRR.

Partial lead service line replacement is prohibited*

Minnesota does not prohibit partial lead service line reporting or replacement.

Program components are marked with an asterisk (*) if the GLLC model policy goes beyond what is required by the LCRR, and marked with a caret (^) to denote LCRI-derived components.


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