Lead and Copper
Does the City or Township have lead service lines?
No, neither the City nor Township have any lead service lines.
Is lead and copper tested for in our drinking water?
Yes, the City and Township test for lead and copper on a tri annual schedule at five locations in the City and at five locations in the Township. The last tests were done in 2016 and the next scheduled round of tests will be in 2019.
Are the lead levels in the drinking water safe?
Yes, all lead levels in the drinking water are well below the EPA’s maximum level of 15ppb. The 90th percentile for the lead samples for the City were 3 ppb. The 90th percentile for the Township were at 3 ppb.
Are the copper levels in the drinking water safe?
Yes, all copper levels in the drinking water are well below the EPA’s maximum level of 1300ppb. The 90th percentile for the copper samples for the City were 255 ppb. The 90th percentile for the Township were at 315 ppb.
How does lead get into household water?
The most likely sources of lead in your household water are lead service lines, lead solder, or brass fixtures in your plumbing.
- Lead Service Lines
Lead can leach from a lead servce line into water.
- Lead Solder
Solder is used to connect copper piping in household piping. In 1987, lead solder was banned from use in household plumbing. If your house was built before 1987, your plumbing system may have lead solder.
- Brass faucets, valves and fittings
Almost all faucets, valves and fittings have brass components. Until 2014, brass faucets and fittings sold in the U.S. and labeled “lead-free” could contain up to 8 percent lead. Effective January 2014, The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act specifies that these materials may not contain more than 0.25 percent lead.