The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is providing states guidance to help clarify how the collection and management of lead and copper samples is conducted to comply with regulations on lead in drinking water. “This guidance is the direct result of working with our national drinking water partners to provide clarity on critical elements in implementing our regulations that help safeguard the public's drinking water,” said Ben Grumbles, acting assistant administrator for Water at the EPA. “Early [this] year, we will determine if the lead rule needs additional guidance or some targeted changes.”

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