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Lead Informational Notice

5/26/2022

 

 

 


IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Dear Water Customer:

Today's Date: May 26, 2022

Our water system will soon begin a water line maintenance and/or construction project
that may affect the lead content of your potable water supply. Lead, a metal found in natural
deposits, is harmful to human health, especially young children. The most common exposure to
lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust. However, lead in drinking water
can also be a source of lead exposure. In the past, lead was used in some water service lines and
household plumbing materials. Lead in water usually occurs through corrosion of plumbing
products containing lead; however, disruption (construction or maintenance) of lead service lines
may also temporarily increase lead levels in the water supply. This disruption may be sometimes
caused by water main maintenance/replacement. As of June 19, 1986, new or replaced water serviced
lines and new household plumbing materials could not contain more than 8% lead. Lead
content was further reduced on January 4, 2014, when plumbing materials must now be
certified as "lead-free" to be used (weighted average of wetted surface cannot be more
than 0.25% lead).

The purpose of this notice is for informational purposes only. While it's not known for certain
whether or not this particular construction project will adversely affect the lead (if present)
plumbing in and outside your home, below describes some information about the project and some
preventative measures you can take to help reduce the amount of lead in drinking water.
Project Start Date: June 6, 2022     Project expected to be completed by: June 10, 2022

Project location and description:


What you can do to reduce lead exposure in drinking water during this construction project:
Run your water to flush out lead. If the plumbing in your home is accessible; you may be able to
inspect your own plumbing to determine whether or not you have a lead service line. Otherwise, you
will most likely have to hire a plumber.
• If you do not have a lead service line, running the water for 1 - 2 minutes at the
kitchen tap should clear the lead from your household plumbing to the kitchen tap. Once you
have done this, fill a container with water and store it in the refrigerator for drinking,
cooking, and preparing baby formula throughout the day.
• If you do have a lead service line, flushing times can vary based on the length of your lead
service line and the plumbing configuration in your home. The length of lead service lines varies
considerably. Flushing for at least 3 - 5 minutes is recommended.
Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula, Do not cook with or drink water
from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot
water tap to make baby formula.
Look for alternative sources or treatment of water. You may want to consider purchasing bottled
water or a water filter that is certified to remove 'total lead",
Clean and remove any debris from faucet aerators on a regular basis. Do not boil water to remove
lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead. Purchase lead-free faucets and plumbing components.
Remove the entire lead service line.
Test your water for lead. Call us at: 217-768-8107 to find out how to get your water
tested for lead.
While we do not do the testing, we can provide a list of laboratories certified to do the testing.
Laboratories will send you the bottles for sample collection.Please note that we are not affiliated
with the laboratories and they will charge you a fee.
• If test results indicate a lead level above 15 ug/L, bottled water should be used by pregnant
women, breast­ feeding women, young children, and formula-fed infants.