Reducing lead from distribution systems

Lead Policy – New York

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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

Most results from lead testing do not need to be reported to local public health agencies, but results from lead in drinking water tests in schools must be reported to the local public department, in addition to sharing results with the public, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York State Education Department.

Schools and childcare facilities are required to test for lead*

New York 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*^

New York 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*^

New York 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

New York’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program report indicates the importance of conducting water distribution system material inventories, although they are not required.

Partial lead service line replacement is prohibited*

New York 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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