EPA Rule Could Produce Fire Hydrant Shortage

Reps. Bill Johnson (R-OH) and Paul Tonko (D-NY) “introduced legislation this week to block an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rule that would require fire hydrants to use lead-free pipes starting next year,” The Hill reports.

“Johnson says that ruling would cause an immediate shortage of fire hydrants across the country, as any that are ready for installation would not meet the EPA’s new requirement… The law requires drinking water to be transported in lead-free pipes, and the guidance said the EPA would apply this same requirement to water that comes out of fire hydrants.”

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