Code of the District of Columbia

§ 34–2161. Lead Service Line Planning Task Force establishment.

*NOTE: This section was created by emergency legislation with identical permanent legislation that will become effective in January, 2022.*

(a) There is established a Lead Service Line Planning Task Force ("Task Force"), to be administered by the Department of Energy and Environment ("DOEE"), to develop an interagency plan for the removal and replacement of all lead water service lines by 2030 ("Plan").

(b) The Task Force shall consist of 6 members as follows:

(1) The Director of DOEE, or the Director's designee;

(2) The General Manager of the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority ("DC Water"); or the General manager's designee;

(3) The Director of the District Department of Transportation, or the Director's designee;

(4) The Director of the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, or the Director's designee;

(5) One representative appointed by the Chairperson of the Council committee with oversight of DC Water; and

(6) One representative appointed by the Chairperson of the Council committee with oversight of DOEE.

(c)(1) Within 2 months after August 23, 2021, the Task Force shall hold its first meeting. The Task Force shall meet at least monthly.

(2) The Task Force shall dissolve after submitting the report required by subsection (d) of this section.

(d)(1) Within 10 months after August 23, 2021, the Task Force shall transmit the Plan to the Mayor, Council, and Chairperson of the DC Water Board of Directors.

(2) The Plan shall include:

(A) An account of the role of each District agency, including agencies not part of the Task Force, in the removal and replacement of all lead water service lines by 2030;

(B) An account of identified barriers to the District removing and replacing all lead water services lines by 2030, and proposed solutions to reduce or eliminate those barriers;

(C) An account of opportunities for interagency coordination or cooperation to accelerate or improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of lead water service line replacements;

(D) An interagency spending proposal;

(E) Recommended changes or clarifications to DC Water's Lead Service Line Replacement Plan, released on June 14, 2021;

(F) A list of potential funding sources to support lead water service line replacements; and

(G) A list of legislative, regulatory, and policy changes to complete and fund lead line replacement work by 2030 effectively and efficiently, including draft language, when appropriate.

(3)(A) The interagency spending proposal required by paragraph (2)(D) of this subsection shall include an account of estimated spending, broken down by:

(i) Fiscal year;

(ii) Spending agency;

(iii) How the funds are intended to be used; and

(iv) Whether a funding source has been identified for the expenditure.

(B) The spending proposal required by paragraph (2)(D) of this subsection also shall include:

(i) Costs for recommendations identified pursuant to paragraph (2)(B) and (C) of this subsection; and

(ii) A separate list of unfunded agency costs identified in the spending proposal, including the number of unfunded FTEs, by agency and the FTEs' anticipated responsibilities.

(4) At least 2 months before transmitting the Plan to the Council, the Task Force shall make a draft version of the Plan available to the Mayor, the Council, and the public. The Task Force shall accept public comments on the report for at least 4 weeks following the Plan being made public.

(e) Nothing in this section shall be construed to limit the authority of DC Water or DOEE to undertake lead water service line removal or replacements before the submission of the Plan.


(Dec. 7, 2004, D.C. Law 15-205, § 6019d; as added Aug. 23, 2021, D.C. Act 24-159, § 6142, 68 DCR 008602.)

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) creation of this section, see § 6142 of Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-159, Aug. 23, 2021, 68 DCR 008602).