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Town Council asked to review and approve a new "Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement Plan"

October 28, 2022

To: Town Council
From:  Jamie Hellen, Town Administrator
Allecia Alleyne, Assistant to the Town Administrator

Re: Resolution 22-69: Authorizing the Borrowing of Money to Pay Costs Associated with the Creation of the Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement Plan and Authorizing the Town Administrator to File Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Loan Application and to Take Other Action as Needed

In December 2020, the EPA issued Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) which require all Public Water Suppliers to document the material of all Lead Service Lines (LSLs) within their distribution system and produce an inventory of all pipe materials by October 16, 2024. To achieve compliance, the Town will need to organize, examine, and compile all documentation that determines pipe material into a single database which must be accessible to the public. The Town must also submit a plan to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) by October 2024 detailing how we will prioritize, fund, and fully remove any remaining lead services within the distribution system.

The Town of Franklin historically has low levels of lead and copper as represented by the regular sampling we are required to conduct (see annual water quality reports). The Town has no known full lead service lines but there are approximately 115 potential lead gooseneck locations (https://www.lslr-collaborative.org/intro-to-lsl-replacement.html) that are documented. This number decreases yearly as the Town continues to invest in the replacement of the older cast iron (CI) and asbestos cement (AC) mains.

Starting July 2022, Massachusetts Clean Water Trust and MassDEP began offering loans with 100% loan forgiveness for planning activities assisting all public water suppliers to complete planning projects for LSL inventories and for the development of LSL replacement plans. The MassDEP will accept loan applications on a rolling basis while funding is available.

As with other SRF related projects, the funding must be appropriated through borrowing. We are asking the Council to approve Resolution 22-69, to authorize the appropriation of $119,000 for this project.

Additionally, this resolution will authorize the Town Administrator to act as the authorized representative of the Town in connection with this application.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

The full memo and resolution can be found in this PDF -> 

The full Town Council agenda and documents released for Wednesday's meeting ->  https://www.franklinma.gov/sites/g/files/vyhlif6896/f/agendas/november_2_town_council_meeting.pdf

Town Council asked to review and approve a new "Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement Plan"
Town Council asked to review and approve a new "Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement Plan"

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