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Please help us protect your health.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued regulations requiring all public water supply
(PWS) systems to develop a Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) of both water system owned and your privately
owned service lines. Your PWS system must submit this inventory to the Kansas Department of Health and
Environment (KDHE) by October 16, 2024.
Representatives of your water system may contact you in the near future to ask you to answer some questions
such as the date your home was built or if you know what materials were used in your home’s plumbing and
service line, among other questions. Please take the time to respond to their inquiries as this will help determine
if you or your family have a lead exposure risk. If you are unsure, your water system should be able to help
identify materials. The goal is to remove all lead containing service lines to your home.
Piping containing lead can become a potential health risk in drinking water. Some homes (typically built before
1988 in Kansas) may have lead service lines on the customer's property that connect to your water system’s
main lines. On the back of this letter is a schematic of where lead sources in drinking water may be found.
Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead in drinking water and water used for
formula because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in
Additional information on the Lead and Copper Rule and identifying lead pipes and plumbing can be found
on the KDHE website at: kdhe.ks.gov/547/
Or at the EPA Website at: epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule
Kansans working together will get the lead out of our water systems.
Thank you for your cooperation,
Kansas Department of Health & Environment
Public Water Supply Section
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 420
Topeka, KS 66612