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Proposed Rules and Regulatory Actions

Long-Term Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule (under development by EPA)

Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule are under development by EPA. Issues to be addressed in these revisions include:

  • Lead service line replacement, partial, or otherwise.
  • How to determine when corrosion control is optimized; specifically the acceptable ranges for water quality parameters.
  • Sample site selection criteria.
  • Sampling issues, such as the potential removal of aerators and the acceptable stagnation period.

Amending the Waterworks Regulations (12VAC5-590).

ODW is proposing to amend the Waterworks Regulations to improve content and readability. Since 1995, amendments to the Waterworks Regulations have been limited to incorporating new federal requirements under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). Read more about the process and stakeholder involvement on the Fact Sheet Proposed Amendments to the Virginia Waterworks Regulations (PDF).

In preparation of filing the Notice of Intended Regulatory Action, ODW has formed a Regulatory Advisory Panel to assist in the development of proposed amendments to the Waterworks Regulations. The panel consists of 31 members with significant knowledge and expertise in providing safe drinking water to consumers and who represent various stakeholders (i.e., owners, operators, engineers, well drillers, and other government agencies). See attached list of panel members (PDF). The panel will meet four times from August to October 2014 with the goal of reaching consensus on the proposed amendments to the Waterworks Regulations. The regulatory advisory panel meetings will be facilitated by the University of Virginia - Institute for Environmental Negotiation. Questions for the panel should be directed to Institute for Environmental Negotiation at


Last Updated: 08-13-2014

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