Water testing on household plumbing around Auburn revealed that there is a high lead content which is not expected by the officials from the water district. As a result, they are forced to do more testing after.
This year’s routine testing that was conducted in the city has shown some unexpected result including a high lead level of 23 parts per billion in the plumbing system. According to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, it is mandatory that water consumed in the household should have a safe level set at 15 parts per billion or lower.
From a statement released by Lewiston-Auburn Water Pollution Control Authority’s water quality manager, Mary Jane Dillingham, the agency have the right to test things if found out to be violating mandatory rules but they do not have the authority to tell household owners how to do their plumbing.
Dillingham revealed that it is mandatory for Auburn to conduct water testing in 30 random homes once in every 3 years to check for levels of both copper and lead. The lead level in Auburn during the last testing which was conducted in 2012 showed only 9 parts per billion.
A high copper level indicates that the household plumbing is starting to corrode and Auburn has shown how the city is below the federal limit set both in 2012 and 2015 result. Following the rules set by EPA, the high level of lead found for this year’s testing is a big reason to conduct more thorough water testing. The water district is therefore required to extract water samples of one-liter in 60 homes in the city that have been preselected. This should be done once for the first half of 2016 while another sample will again be collected during the second half of next year.
The new schedule set for accelerated water testing will remain in place until results revealed that the lead score is down to 15 parts per billion or lower, as per the limit.
To prevent this, homeowners should have proper plumbing installed and old ones should be replaced. For residents near Sheffield, contact Pro-Jett Plumbing & Drainage.