Lead in Drinking Water Information

To Our Customers,

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan may be fading into the news background, but the issues it brings up are real. As General Manager of the company that provides your drinking water, I would like to reassure you that WaterPro complies fully with all state and federal regulations and testing requirements in an effort to keep your drinking water safe.

Last month’s newsletter included our annual Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which reports on many substances that may be present in drinking water, including lead. This report shows WaterPro’s lead levels at 0.1 parts per billion, which is within safe limits. In fact, no public water system in Utah has ever tested above safe limits for lead.

Should you worry about lead in your water?

We test for lead at consumer taps, so the lead levels we report in the CCR are a system average; individual households may have different levels. If you would like to have your household’s lead level tested, you can contact the state certification offices. Go to www.epa.gov/dwlabcert to find a certified tester.

What harm can lead in the water do?

Too much lead in the body can harm the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells. Small children and pregnant women are especially at risk.

How does lead get into the water?

Lead rarely occurs naturally in water. However, corrosive water may leach lead out of lead pipes or systems where lead solder was used to join copper pipes. Historically, we know of no houses in Draper that use lead pipes because our water pressure is too high for that type of system. We have never used lead pipes to deliver culinary water to our customers.

How can you minimize the very small risk?

If you’re still worried, there are two simple ways you can minimize the remote possibility of consuming lead in your household water:

  • Use only cold water for drinking (and especially for mixing baby formula). Hot water is more likely to contain higher levels of lead.
  • Flush your pipes before drinking. First thing in the morning, or any time water has been sitting in the pipes for more than six hours, run the water until it becomes as cold as it will get.

How can you learn more?

The Utah Division of Drinking Water (www.drinkinwater.utah.gov) and the United States EPA (www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule) can provide more details about lead in the water.

If you have specific questions for WaterPro, please contact me at jensen@waterpro.net or call WaterPro at 801-571-2232.

Sincerely,

Darrin L. Jensen-Peterson

General Manager