Levels exceed the EPA’s Action Level
According to a report published this month, water in Independence NJ contains levels of lead and copper that exceeds the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s “Action Level”. The high levels are apparently a result of leaching from plumbing and pipes made from these materials. Independence Township says there are corrosion control treatment currently in place.
Not an immediate risk, but a risk that should be taken seriously
Although this is not an immediate risk, you should be aware of the dangers of lead and copper in your water supply.
Some temporary solutions
- Run your water for 15-30 seconds or until it becomes cold before using it for drinking or cooking. This flushes any standing lead or copper from the pipes.
- Use cold water for cooking and baby formula: lead and copper dissolve more easily into hot water.
- Do NOT boil your water to remove lead and copper. Excessive boiling water makes them more concentrated – lead and copper remain when the water evaporates.
- Get your child’s blood tested. If you are concerned about exposure, contact your local health department or healthcare provider.
- Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead. Brass faucets fittings and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free”, may contribute lead to drinking water.
Better solutions recommended by Independence Twp: