EPA Releases Service Line Inventory Guidance & Template

On Thursday, August 4, EPA released its Service Line Inventory and Template and both can be found on EPA’s website here. The website also has the link for registration (below the links for the guidance and template) for EPA’s webinar on the guidance and template on Wednesday, 8/10, from 2-3 EDT.

The guidance is over 150 pages and has several significant components:

  • Best practices for inventory development and communicating information to the public.
  • A template for water systems, states, and Tribes to use or adapt to create their own inventory.
  • Case studies on developing, reviewing, and communicating about inventories.
  • Highlights the importance of prioritizing inventory development in disadvantaged communities and where children live and play.

Initial service line inventories are due on October 16, 2024, and many water systems are moving ahead with inventories to take advantage of the BIL funding for lead service line inventories and replacements.