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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

[October 20, 2014]

EPA Makes Preliminary Determination to Regulate Strontium in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made a preliminary determination to regulate strontium in the nation's drinking water. Strontium is a naturally occurring element that, at elevated levels, can impact bone strength in people who do not consume enough calcium.

A regulatory determination is a formal decision on whether EPA should initiate a rulemaking process to regulate a specific contaminant. The Safe Drinking Water Act requires that every five years, EPA develop a contaminant candidate list and then make a regulatory determination for at least five contaminants on the list.

Based on available information, the agency has initially determined that strontium has adverse health effects. Strontium replaces calcium in bone, affecting skeletal development. Although strontium affects all life stages, infants, children, and adolescents are of particular concern because their bones are developing. Strontium has been detected in 99 percent of public water systems and at levels of concern in 7 percent of public water systems in the country.

Four other contaminants (dimethoate, 1,3dinitrobenzene, terbufos, and terbufos sulfone) are either not found, or are found at low levels of occurrence in public water systems, thus requiring no regulation at this time.

These determinations are preliminary. EPA will evaluate public feedback following a 60-day public comment period and determine whether to issue a final determination to regulate strontium. If EPA makes such a determination, the Agency will begin the process of developing a proposed rule, with hopes of publishing the final regulatory determinations in 2015.

For more information, please visit:

Robert Daguillard,, 202-564-6618


Last Updated: 11-04-2014

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