City Releases Statement about Lead in Drinking Water

The City of Stamford recently released a statement that there were some concerns that there might be lead in the drinking water. They reported that lead levels in Stamford had exceeded the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or .015 milligrams of lead per liter of water. Federal law requires the city to put a program in place that requires them to sample the system every 6 months in 2015 until test results show that the lead level is under an acceptable percentage.

In the release the City stated that they were taking the following steps to deal with the lead levels:

·         Corrosion Control treatment (this involves treating the water so lead is less likely to dissolve in water);

·         Source Water treatment (this involves removing any lead in the water when it leaves the treatment facility); and

·         A public education program.

Lead enters the water through corrosion of the pipes, fittings, and the fixtures and faucets in the plumbing. Factors such as how long the water stays in the pipes, the amount of wear in the pipes, and the temperature and acidity in the water.

You can reduce the exposure to lead by using cold water while drinking or cooking. Never use hot water from the tap to cook or mix infant formula. Boiling water will not eliminate the lead in it. Running the water before using it for a while will help with limiting lead exposure before cooking, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Do not consume water if it has sat in your plumbing for more than six hours.

The greatest risk for over exposure to lead is for children age 6 and under. Pregnant and nursing mothers should also avoid exposure as much as possible because lead exposure can result in physical and mental development.

More information can be found at National Lead Information Center: 1-800-424-LEAD or by going to www.epa.gov/lead.

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