By Susan Fenhaus, PE

Before joining Morrison-Maierle in 2022, I was the water utility engineer for a city in western Washington that serves a population of 60,000. When the EPA issued its Lead and Copper Rule Revision (LCRR), our staff decided to be proactive and start this process early.

To start this process, we reviewed the draft rule to understand the impacts of this project on our community. We decided to begin the service line inventory in 2021, well ahead of EPA’s 2024 deadline.

Having been through a service line inventory (not to mention learning about it from the perspective of a city utility), I have a few tips to help you get started. Here are some lessons learned to help you locate the information needed to meet this requirement.