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).

Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR)
The RTCR will be incorporated into the Waterworks Regulations through a separate “exempt” regulatory action, pursuant to § 2.2-4002 or § 2.2-4006 of the Virginia Administrative Process Act (APA). An “Exempt Action Final Regulation Agency Background Document” will be posted on Town Hall with the final Waterworks Regulations, which incorporate the RTCR. (Note that the EPA must review and approve these proposed revisions incorporating the RTCR.)

Comprehensive Amendments
The adoption of comprehensive amendments to the Waterworks Regulations will proceed after the RTCR regulations are adopted. This procedure will follow the “standard” regulatory action pursuant to § 2.2-4007 to § 2.2-4017 of the APA. It consists of 3 basic steps:

  1. Notice of Intended Regulatory Action (NOIRA) is published in The Virginia Register of Regulations, followed by a 30 day public comment period;
  2. Proposed regulation is drafted after considering public comments and stakeholder input, reviewed and approved by the Executive branch, Board of Health, and published in theRegister along with an economic impact analysis, followed by a 60 day public comment period;
  3. Final regulation is drafted after considering public comments, reviewed by the Executive branch, reviewed and approved by the Board of Health and Governor, and published in theRegister.

For more information on regulations and the adoption process, visit the Virginia Regulatory Town Hall at: