The City of Columbus needs the public's assistance with a simple online survey.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced new regulations for its existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) policy.
One of the new requirements states all public water systems must have inventory of water service lines within their jurisdictions to help identify remaining lead services lines. This inventory of information is not only important for public water systems to know, but is also essential to protecting and improving public health.
“The City of Columbus is required by the state to have a complete inventory of what the service line material is for every service in Columbus by October 2024. This is part of the Lead and Copper revisions and it is required to be completed so we are not out of compliance,” City Water Utility Superintendent Jake Wacha said. “It is also a potential health risk to not identify and eliminate the lead service lines. Since the service lines are owned by the property owner, the City has no records of what the service line is made of.”
You can take the survey on the City’s website, www.columbusne.us/wslms.
Wacha said he’s appreciative of the community for taking the time to get the survey done, adding residents can feel free to call him or the Water Office team at 402-562-4220 for assistance.
“In order to get the inventory list completed we will need the help of the property owners. Creating this inventory list is going to be a very big task since the City of Columbus has over 10,000 service lines to identify. Without the help of the residents and business owners, it’s going to require an operator to go to every one of them to get the needed information to stay compliant with the state,” he said.
“We are trying to use any option available to avoid an operator having to come to the property to do an inspection … We do appreciate the help of the public with the survey to speed up the process. Thank you again for taking the time to completer the survey and do your part to help eliminate any possible hazards.”
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