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 The dark debris is  lead particles  that broke off from plumbing materials and were trapped in the aerator of a drinking water faucet.

The dark debris is lead particles that broke off from plumbing materials and were trapped in the aerator of a drinking water faucet.

Lead in water

Thanks to scientific research, today we understand that lead in water is far more prevalent than originally thought, poses chronic and acute exposure risks, and is challenging to detect through available testing methods. This section offers a brief overview of how lead in water works.  

 National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Subpart I: Control of Lead and Copper.  Code of Federal Regulations,  40 C.F.R. 141.86.

National Primary Drinking Water Regulations. Subpart I: Control of Lead and Copper. Code of Federal Regulations, 40 C.F.R. 141.86.

The lead and copper rule

The LCR is the EPA regulation enacted in 1991 to protect the public from lead in drinking water. Although it was a step in the right direction, today it is recognized as inherently weak, outdated, and routinely mis-implemented. This section offers a brief overview of how it works.

key stakeholders

Introduction