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  • Location: San Marcos, Texas

In 2021, the EPA revised the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) , a critical update to protect communities from lead exposure. Federally regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act and administered locally by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the revised LCR mandates the identification and remediation of any remaining lead pipes in all water systems. This initiative is vital for safeguarding communities.

At Texas State University, which serves over 38,000 students and more than 5,000 staff across 136 buildings, ensuring compliance with the new EPA guidelines is crucial. An accurate and timely inventory of their water assets is essential to meet these requirements.

B&N is at the forefront of this effort, developing robust standards for our field services team. We are coordinating closely with engineering staff, University personnel, and TCEQ to ensure every method is properly implemented for an exhaustive inventory of the water service lines. Our approach includes potholing, subsurface utility engineering investigations, visual confirmation, and testing.

We recognize the potential disruption to student life and have crafted a minimally invasive plan that operates efficiently around work zones. The field services team is diligently working with University staff to ensure compliance with rules and requirements concerning work zones, parking, safety, notifications, and work hours.

The goal is clear: to ensure Texas State University not only meets but exceeds the new LCR guidelines, all while minimizing the impact on their vibrant campus life. Together, we are making significant strides toward a safer, lead-free future for the community.