Lead Service Line Replacement: Why Copper is the Right Choice & Best Practices for Copper Service Line Installation

Feb. 28, 2024
Discover the optimal material for safe, reliable and resilient water delivery in lead service line replacement projects. Join us to explore the benefits of copper service lines and learn best practices for proper installation. Prioritize health and safety in your community's water supply with CDA's expert insights.

This webinar was originally held on February 28th, 2024, and is now available for on demand viewing.


Duration: 30 minutes

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Access to clean, safe drinking water is essential for public health. Unfortunately, there are an estimated 9.2 million lead service lines still buried underground across the country. On top of that, the EPA has identified and elevated within the proposed Lead Copper Rule Improvement (LCRI) that galvanized service lines or galvanized water systems down stream of lead lines pose the same threat of lead service lines. The replacement and new construction material decisions made now by city officials, building owners and installers will have effects long into the future.

The Flint Water Crisis pulled the curtain back – it’s no longer a secret that over 12 million American households connect to water through lead or galvanized pipes and service lines. But the question remains, how will this buried material across the country be removed and replaced?

With federal and non-federal funding sources available to assist states and water utilities with lead service line replacement (LSLR), it’s time to focus on selecting a safe, long-lasting replacement material. As economically alluring as it might be to pursue patchwork solutions or use cheaper materials, it is a sign of strong leadership to invest in a long-term solution that prioritizes the health and safety of residents.


Marcus Elmer
Director, Tube and Fittings
Copper Development Association

Marcus Elmer, Director of Tube and Fittings with the Copper Development Association, is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the plumbing and mechanical industries. He leverages his expertise to identify and influence market trends for copper tube and fittings products, driving strategic programs that encompass technical research, codes and standards, advocacy, and education. With a unique perspective gained from his time as a project manager with commercial plumbing, mechanical, and refrigeration contractors, Elmer has a deep understanding of the industry. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Union University in Tennessee and a Bachelor of Science in Construction from the University of Wisconsin - Stout.


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