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  • Location: Travis County, Texas

In response to the federal government's Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI) guidelines, B&N is working with Travis County Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) No. 18 to enhance water safety. These new guidelines emphasize the importance of identifying and mitigating lead service lines to protect public health. Our efforts are geared toward ensuring compliance with these regulations while prioritizing the well-being of our community.

B&N is actively gathering an inventory of water service lines for Travis County WCID No. 18, with a focus on community safety and adherence to the LCRI guidelines. This initiative is essential for ensuring the community’s health and well-being by mitigating potential lead exposure in the water supply.

The project involves a thorough inventory of all water service line locations and their materials, followed by the development of a comprehensive remediation plan in accordance with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) guidelines for lead service line mitigation. Under the supervision of B&N's engineering team, our dedicated field crew is identifying the water service line pipe material on both sides of each meter box throughout the system—covering approximately 1,887 water meters.

B&N’s field crew conducts a visual inspection to determine the service pipe material. If there is a suspicion of lead, the pipe is tested using lead drops on the surface. A detailed inventory report is created for each service line with the following items, which are also integrated into the County’s GIS:

  • Condition assessment
  • Location description
  • Photos
  • GPS coordinates
  • Material details

Once the field collection is complete, data is analyzed and compiled into a comprehensive report which outlines the findings and necessary actions. If lead pipes are identified, B&N will develop a detailed remediation plan to address and eliminate these risks.

This community-focused effort ensures that the County is taking proactive steps to safeguard their water supply, supporting the health and safety of all residents.