Reducing lead from distribution systems

Lead Policy – Pennsylvania

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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

Pennsylvania 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*

Pennsylvania schools and childcare facilities are encouraged to test drinking water for lead, but are not required to do so. Schools that do not test for lead in drinking water must discuss lead concerns in at a public meeting once a year.

Action level is at or below 12 ppb*^

Pennsylvania 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*^

Pennsylvania 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

Pennsylvania does not require a water distribution system material inventory, although the federal Lead and Copper Rule Revisions require an inventory to be completed by October 16, 2024.

Partial lead service line replacement is prohibited*

Pennsylvania 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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