In a significant move to protect public health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a new rule that would require utilities to replace all lead drinking water pipes within a decade. The proposed rule, which focuses on both lead and copper in drinking water, would mandate the replacement of lead pipes regardless of the lead levels detected in water samples. This proactive approach aims to prevent future public health crises similar to the Flint, Michigan water contamination disaster of 2014.
The Flint water crisis, which exposed thousands of children to lead-contaminated water, highlighted the devastating consequences of lead. . .