EPA Science Inventory

Detection and Evaluation of Elevated Lead Release from Service Lines: A Field Study

Citation:

Deltoral, M. A., A. Porter, AND M. R. Schock. Detection and Evaluation of Elevated Lead Release from Service Lines: A Field Study. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. ACS Publications, Washington, DC, 47(16):9300-9307, (2013).

Description:

Comparative stagnation sampling conducted in 32 homes in Chicago, Illinois with lead service (LSLs) demonstrated that the existing regulatory sampling protocol under the U. S. Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) systematically underestimated lead corrosion. Lead levels were highest within the LSLs, with maximum values more than four times higher than Chicago’s regulatory compliance results. There was significant variability in lead values from different points within individual LSLs and between different LSL sites across the city. Sites with known disturbances to the LSLs had the highest lead results, with other factors likely playing a role. This study illustrates the importance and interdependence of sample site selection, sampling protocol and other factors in accurately measuring the level of lead corrosion that is occurring in a public water system.

Purpose/Objective:

To inform the public of assessment of lead in drinking water conducted in Chicago, IL.

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Record Details:

Record Type: DOCUMENT (JOURNAL/PEER REVIEWED JOURNAL)
Start Date: 08/20/2013
Completion Date: 08/20/2013
Record Last Revised: 08/21/2013
Record Created: 08/20/2013
Record Released: 08/20/2013
OMB Category: Other
Record ID: 259014

Organization:

U.S. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY

OFFICE OF RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT RESEARCH LABORATORY

WATER SUPPLY AND WATER RESOURCES DIVISION