Is there lead in my drinking water, and if so what can I do about it?
ACWWA has not detected lead in the treated water leaving our plant or in the source water. However, lead can come from the customers plumbing.

According to the EPA, two types of homes may be at risk for lead contamination:

1. Homes that are very old (pre-WWII) with lead services or pipe lines

2. Homes that were built between 1982 and 1987, which used copper pipe with lead based solder. Lead based solder was banned from use on domestic drinking water plumbing in 1987.

Here are some ways to reduce your exposure to lead:

1. When water has been standing in your pipes, run the cold water tap until the water gets noticeably colder. The lower temperature indicates you have cleared the water that has been standing in the pipes.

2. Use only water from the cold water tap for drinking, cooking, and for making baby formula. Hot tap water dissolves lead faster and is likely to contain higher levels of lead if present.

3. When repairing or replacing plumbing, insist on lead-free solder and lead-free fixtures.

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1. Are baby/adult wipes flushable?
2. Is reclaimed water safe?
3. Is there lead in my drinking water, and if so what can I do about it?
4. Should I put my used cooking grease down the drain?
5. What is reclaimed water?
6. Why do we use reclaimed water and what are the benefits of reuse?
7. Why do we sometimes smell odors near the wastewater treatment plant?
8. What causes these odors?
9. How does ACWWA minimize odors at the wastewater treatment plant?
10. What can I do if I smell an odor I think is coming from the plant?
11. What happens when the LTCWRF receives an odor complaint?