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Assessing the Contribution of Water Meter Installation and Similar Activities to Lead Exposure - WT1281

The purpose of this study is to investigate the levels of lead in drinking water before and after the installation of a water meter, boundary stop tap or similar fitting to a property with a lead service pipe and to assess the nature of any lead present (particulate or soluble), the duration of potential exposure and practical steps likely to mitigate such problems.

This will support the Inspectorate’s role in ensuring water supplies remain safe and any new risks to supplies are identified.

The objectives are to:

Assess the likelihood of potential increased exposure to lead via drinking water following the installation of a water meter or similar fitting where the property is supplied through lead pipework.

In the event that consumers are subject to increased exposure as a result of these activities, to identify possible actions and/or advice to companies and/or consumers to reduce the risk.

Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : DWI70-2-282   (2889k)
• EXE - Executive Summary : DWI70-2-282exsum   (98k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2015

Cost: £229,705
Contractor / Funded Organisations
WRc plc
Fields of Study
Water Quality