This headline in the Point Reyes Light two weeks ago created confusion and concern among local residents: "Inverness water under scrutiny after tests show high lead levels".
Wade Holland published this post in the West Marin Commons clarifying the issue: "Anytime there is lead in drinking water, it is a cause for concern. There is no risk of lead in the water from our Inverness watershed, nor is any lead accumulating in the water during our treatment, storage, and distribution processes -- as the results of more than 20 years' worth of laboratory testing have demonstrated. From time to time, we are required to ask selected homeowners to take a sample of the water after it has sat for at least 6 hours in their plumbing and faucets (kitchen faucets, in particular). We test these samples to ensure that lead and copper are not being leached from the customers' interior plumbing to a degree that would constitute an exceedance of the EPA maximum level (which is 15 parts per BILLION). If this is occurring, we want to know about it because we may be able to help mitigate the issue by adding agents to our water that will reduce corrosivity and thus reduce the likelihood of lead leaching from customer plumbing and fixtures. In a recent round of such lead testing, we found three homes with slightly elevated lead levels, most likely caused by leaching from their kitchen sink faucet. We are working with these homeowners to replace the suspect faucets before we conduct the next round of testing (later this month). In the meantime, there is a simple workaround: When you need water for drinking or cooking, first let the water run for 30-60 seconds so the water you draw for use will not have been in the pipes or fixtures long enough to leach any lead. For a fee, we can arrange testing of water from your kitchen sink faucet (if you are an IPUD customer).
Wade Holland, Administrator
Inverness Public Utility District"
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