FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kerstin Anderson, Director of Marketing & Communications
Phone: (970) 333-0015
Date: November 2, 2016
TOWN OF DILLON WATER QUALITY REPORT
DILLON, COLO. – November 1, 2016 – The Town of Dillon found elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of some area homes and buildings while conducting annual lead and copper testing. Results from an October 2016 sample produced four of 20 samples with lead concentrations above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 15 parts per billion.
The Town of Dillon has found elevated lead levels three times in recent years with the first exceedance occurring in 2012, a second in 2014 and again this past October. Due to the initial exceedance, a new corrosion control treatment system was installed and put into operation in January of 2015. Subsequent testing showed a reduction in lead contamination and met State requirements.
Test samples collected in October 2016, included higher risk sites including 13 sample sites from customers in single family homes (SFH) and multi-family homes (MFH) and buildings built between 1983and 1987 with copper pipes and lead solder. An additional 7 sample sites were single family residences from 1982 and earlier with copper pipes and lead solder.
“When we test, we are mandated to look at areas that pose a higher risk, sites with older plumbing that are more likely to have materials containing lead,” said Public Works Director, Scott O’Brien.
The Town’s source water has been examined and found not to contain lead. “Typically, what we have found is that older plumbing with lead based solder (usually before 1988) and some faucets made with brass or bronze components tend to be the contributors to lead in finished drinking water in homes and buildings,” said O’Brien.
While lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children, there are several easy steps to reduce your exposure to lead in water. These include:
1. Run your water to flush out lead. If it hasn’t been used for several hours, run the cold water tap until the temperature is noticeably colder. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. To conserve water, remember to catch the flushed tap water for plants or some other household use (e.g. cleaning).
2. Always use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula. Never cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. Never use water from the hot water tap to make formula.
3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
4. Periodically remove and clean the faucet’s strainer/aerator. While removed, run the water to remove debris.
5. You may consider investing in a home water treatment device or alternative water source. When purchasing a water treatment device, make sure it is certified under Standard 53 by NSF International to remove lead. Contact NSF at 1-800-NSF-8010 or visit www.nsf.org. You may also visit the Water Quality Association’s website at www.wqa.org.
6. Test your water for lead. Call us at the number below to find out how to get your water tested for lead. A list of certified laboratories is listed at www.colorado.gov/cdphe/laboratory-certification-program.
7. Get your child's blood tested. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.
8. Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead. Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead. Brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may leach lead into drinking water. The NSF website at www.nsf.org has more information on lead-containing plumbing fixtures. You should use only lead-certified contractors.
9. Have a licensed electrician check your wiring. If grounding wires from the electrical system are attached to your pipes, corrosion may be greater. Check with a licensed electrician or your local electric code to determine if your wiring can be grounded elsewhere. DO NOT attempt to change the wiring yourself because improper grounding can cause electrical shock and fire hazards.
“We want to be very transparent as we work with engineers to implement changes to Dillon’s water system that will further minimize lead contributors in finished water in homes and buildings.” Please call us at 970-262-3426 with any questions or concerns or visit our Web site at http://townofdillon.com/town-government/departments/utilities/water
For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s Web site at http://www.epa.gov/lead
or contact your health care provider.