South Carolina wrestles with transparency of lead in drinking water

South Carolina’s water regulatory agency told the Environmental Protection Agency it has asked water systems to share more information with the public about lead sampling results and the location of lead service lines but that the state doesn’t have the information and utilities may not have it either.

The response came in a letter from the Department of Health and Environmental Control after the EPA asked every state to provide answers to a series of questions about the status of monitoring for lead in drinking water following the health crisis in Flint, Michigan.

The EPA asked each state to work with its public water systems, especially its largest water providers, to increase transparency by providing the public with an inventory of which customers may be receiving water through lead or partial-lead service lines. Continue…