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The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) will pay a $10,000 penalty for not complying with data management and reporting requirements of a 2004 EPA consent order. The penalty resulted from the settlement of an August 2006 EPA administrative complaint concerning the authority’s failure to comply.
The 2004 order required WASA to sample drinking water from at least 100 homes that were at higher risk of lead-contaminated drinking water. According to the EPA, 12 of the 103 drinking water samples had to be eliminated from the July to December 2005 monitoring period because they were either taken from homes that never had lead service lines or where the lead service lines had been replaced. The authority’s noncompliance did not interfere with reductions of lead levels in water, but it did delay the agency’s ability to confirm that the district’s drinking water was below the EPA’s action level for lead. A copy of the original consent order, the administrative complaint and other information on lead in D.C. drinking water is available at www.epa.gov/dclead.