Possible Lead in Water
(Click on link above or on website: www.cityofharrison.com for more information.)
But to highlight the main points:
Typically the primary source of lead in drinking water is corrosion of household plumbing, not your water source. See Clean Water Act at http://www.epa.gov/
There is NOT a "Boil Order" for anyone on the Harrison Water source. Boiling will not remove lead.
If you would like to test your household, a test can be obtained and sent to American Interplex at 501-224-5060.
For more information, call the Water Construction Dept of Public Works at 741-6382.
Testing at both the customer tap and directly from the water system helps us determine the source of the elevated levels that we have seen. Because no samples taken directly from the water system even approach the 15 ppb action level, a current belief is that the source of elevated lead levels found at some taps is plumbing materials.
One of the most important factors to consider with regard to lead in drinking water is the age of plumbing. Homes and buildings built before 1986 that have not had plumbing updated are most at risk for elevated lead levels. This is because lead solder was commonly used in plumbing prior to changes to the Clean Water Act in 1986. The 1986 revisions also limited the amounted of lead in other plumbing materials as well (i.e. metal pipe, fixtures, etc.) but eliminating lead solder was by far the effective part of the revisions.
Also, the links below are helpful resources regarding lead in drinking water and lead in general. They provide information on how lead can enter drinking water and what consumers can do if they are concerned.
http://www.epa.gov/your- drinking-water/basic- information-about-lead- drinking-water
Copies of the City’s 2013 and 2014 CCR’s (Consumer Confidence Reports) can be found at the following link: http://www.cityofharrison.com/ press_view.php?id=39
We will be implementing a corrosion control treatment process later this year that will prevent lead from leaching into the water from plumbing materials (or really any other source that could be out there). It is a fairly simple treatment that is used by water systems across the country and over 40 systems in Arkansas.
As a side note (since these reports also include copper figures), all testing for copper shows water in the City’s pipes and at the customer taps to be in compliance with the Clean Water Act as well as the Lead & Copper Rule.
Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have questions or need additional information.