Lead Consumer Notices
Lead consumer notices are a requirement brought about by the Lead and Copper Short-Term Revisions. It is intended to provide additional information to consumers who participate in the lead and copper sampling program for each individual water system. Upon receiving the result from the State, the water system is required to distribute to its' participants the result for lead that was obtained as well as lead information for the homeowner or resident.
The lead action level has been set at 15 ppb (0.015 mg/L). Compliance is determined based on a 90th percentile value. If over 10% of the homes samples have higher lead levels than 15 ppb, the water system is required to provide corrosion control to reduce lead levels.
Based on the 90th percentile value obtained during the sample period and the individual result for each consumer, the water system is required to distribute to the consumer one of the six notices described below.
For Community water systems that have a 90th percentile value that was less than or equal to 15 ppb.
For Community water systems that have a 90th percentile value that was greater than 15 ppb.
For Non-Community water systems
Certification of the distribution of the consumer notices must be submitted to the State. Water systems can use the following form to certify that the distribution was done according to the Lead and Copper Rule guidelines. This form can be used by Community and Non-Community water systems.
Keep in mind, for water systems that exceed the 15 ppb for their 90th percentile value, the water system must still meet additional public education requirements and provide corrosion control to reduce lead levels.
Water Systems who exceed the lead action level of 15 ppb are required by state and federal regulations to distribute Public Education information to consumers served by the water system. Below is an example brochure that water systems can distribute to their customers that contains information on lead and what consumers can do to prevent or lessen their exposure.
Additional Information on Lead