2016 Drinking Water Results of Lead and Copper Testing

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The Roamingwood Sewer and Water Association truly appreciates the cooperation of Hideout Members who participated in our lead & copper tap sample monitoring program for 2016, and we thank you. A calculated lead level of 5 parts per billion (ppb), and a copper level of 300 ppb were reported for the samples collected during September. We are happy to report that results of testing were below both the lead action level of 15 ppb, and the copper action level of 1,300 ppb as established by the EPA.

What does this mean?
The action level is the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow.

What are the health effects of lead?
Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

What are the sources of lead?
Children are exposed to lead when they ingest deteriorating lead-based paint, inhale or ingest lead-contaminated dust and/or lead-contaminated residential soil. Exposure to lead is a significant health concern, especially for young children and infants whose growing bodies tend to absorb more lead than the average adult. Although Hideout drinking water lead levels were below the action level, if you are concerned about lead exposures you should ask your health care provider about testing your child for high levels of lead in the blood.

What can I do to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water?

• Run your water prior to consumption. If water hasn’t been used for several hours, run your water for 15-30 seconds or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking. This ensures that any lead-containing water resulting from prolonged contact with residential plumbing fixtures is flushed from the pipes.

• Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.

• Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling your water will actually increase the concentration of lead, if present.

• Look for alternative sources or treatment of water. NSF Consumer Affairs Office has developed a NSF Water Fact Kit for consumers that includes specific information about lead in drinking water at: http://www.nsf.org/consumer/newsroom/kit_water.asp.

For More Information
Call us at (570) 698-6162 or visit our website at www.roamingwood.com to find out additional information on lead. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s website at: www.epa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.

As the results generated by this round of testing fell below the maximum allowable levels established under the Safe Drinking Water Act, the next triennial monitoring event will be conducted during the fall of 2019. We look forward to working with you then.

Once again, our thanks to Hideout Members for your time and effort in helping us meet these regulatory testing requirements.