ACWD does not test customer's water for lead on a regular basis. However, select homes are tested for our Lead and Copper Rule compliance every three years. Although testing has concluded for 2018, we will be testing again in 2021. You can have your water tested by any state-certified lab. ACWD provides as a courtesy to its customers a list of local state-certified commercial laboratories. Please click the link below to be taken directly to the list.
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As part of our compliance with the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule, these results are compared to the Action Level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). ACWD is in compliance with the Lead Action Level because 90% or more of our samples are below the 15 ppb Action Level. In 2015, 90% of our samples were 8.1 ppb of lead or less.
- Use only water from the cold water tap for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula.
- Run the water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using it for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula. This water is great to use for watering plants!
- Consider using a certified water filter to remove lead. Be sure to check that it is certified for lead removal.
- Replace old plumbing or fixtures that may have lead. Lead pipes will have a dull gray look and can easily be scratched by a key.
2) Center for Disease Control information about lead in drinking water: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm
3) US Environmental Protection Agency information about lead: http://www.epa.gov/lead
4) American Academy of Pediatrics information about children and lead in drinking water: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Lead-in-Tap- Water-Household-Plumbing.aspx