Bill on Lead Action Level Notifications Sent to the Governor

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Dene Westbrook
HB 5120 would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to require the owner or operator of a public water supply to issue a public advisory within three business days after being notified that the lead action level had been exceeded, in situations in which administrative rules require public education regarding lead.
A water supplier would have to provide the public advisory in a form and manner designed
to fit the specific situation and be reasonably calculated to reach all people served by the public water supply. To reach all of those people, a supplier would have to use at least one of the following forms of communicating the advisory:
  • Appropriate broadcast media, such as radio and television.
  • Posting of the advisory in conspicuous locations throughout the area served by the public water supply.
  • Hand delivering the advisory to people served by the public water supply.
  • Another communication method approved in writing by the DEQ.

We anticipate the Governor will sign this legislation

John LaMacchia is the Assistant Director of State and Federal Affairs for the League handling transportation, infrastructure, energy and environment issues. He can be reached at [email protected] or 517-908-0303.

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