What is SPRWS doing about lead?
To reduce leaching of lead from lead service lines or lead solder in the home, we treat our water to produce a small amount of scale on pipes by constantly monitoring and adjusting the pH and alkalinity levels. Our treatment processes are in strict compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act, Lead and Copper Rule, and Minnesota Department of Health regulations.
Specifically, the lead corrosion control treatment consists of:
- Adding lime and sodium hydroxide to the water to increase the water’s pH levels so that the water is minimally corrosive to lead
- Adding chlorine as a disinfectant for added protection
- These two water chemistry adjustments work together to form a protective film covering surfaces containing lead which minimizes how much lead can enter the water
- We then monitor the effectiveness of this strategy per regulations
We test our water for lead frequently. The testing we perform is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of the federal Safe Drinking Water program.
We take all water quality complaints and issues seriously. If you are experiencing an issue, contact us at 651-266-6350.
We respond to customer complaints about water quality, such as colored water or taste and odor concerns. We will flush the system in problem areas and test the water if there are taste and odor or health complaints.
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