Village of Swanton to Comply with EPA Lead and Copper Rule Revisions

In order to be in compliance with the Ohio EPA’s overhauled 1991 Lead and Copper Rule, which went into effect in December of 2021, the Village of Swanton will be working on a project to complete eight tasks to meet the new requirements before October 16, 2024.  The goal of this project will be to provide the EPA with a map of where all potential lead water lines may be located within the Village.  The tasks are as follows:

  1.  Develop an inventory of all service lines, including public-side and private-side materials and make it publicly available.
  2. Verify as many service lines of unknown material as possible because unknown materials are classified as lead service lines (LSL) unless evidence proves otherwise.
  3. If system has LSLs, prepare an LSL replacement plan.
  4. Revise sampling protocols and communications for 5th liter sampling if there are LSLs in the system.
  5. Revise sampling pool location to align with the new sampling tiers.
  6. Prepare a sampling plan and communications for lead testing in schools.
  7. Review corrosion control treatment by evaluating 5th liter LSL samples and re-optimize if needed.
  8. Prepare public notifications and sample notifications and have them ready to meet quick response times.

The cost of this mapping project is estimated to be $43,000 which will be funded with a grant from the State of Ohio.  The actual mapping work will be done by an outside source.

According to Administrator Rosanna Hoelzle, the Village, which must comply with the new rule, has started the identifying process by eliminating homes built after the early 1980’s and referring to documents showing where other water lines would have been replaced during infrastructure projects.  Ms. Hoelzle places the approximate number of potential LSL taps within the Village limits at 750, some of which are suspect due to a lack of record keeping from decades ago.

“Who covers replacement costs,” asked Councilman Derek Kania in the event a private property is found to have an LSL.  “That’s a really great question,” responded Ms. Hoelzle.  “That’s going to be a conversation the Council is going to have to have.”  She added that an LSL that runs from the curb to the house is the responsibility of the property owner.  Ms. Hoelzle also said that the City of Toledo is using some public funding to replace their LSLs.

Later in the March 28th Council meeting, an Emergency Resolution was approved to apply for the state grant to fully fund the Ohio EPA mandated mapping project.

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