If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The Kenosha Water Utility is responsible for providing high quality drinking water but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at www.epa.gov/safewater/lead
At the Kenosha Water Utility, our first job is to protect the families we serve. Lake Michigan, where all of Kenosha’s drinking water comes from, is an excellent source of water. We check the water chemistry daily, test the water in our distribution system 100 times per month, conduct lead and copper sampling regularly and have never had any lead contaminant violations.
Lead does not come from the treatment plants and water mains; it comes from lead service lines that run from the water main in the street to the home, and from plumbing inside the home. There are lead service lines remaining in our system.
The only way to know with certainty if you have lead at the tap is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. If you are concerned that your family is at risk, Kenosha Water Utility can help you find a lab to test for lead.
If you have a lead service at your house, here are some steps you can take to protect your family:
- purchase a certified water filter to remove lead
- flush out the lines after a period of stagnation to get fresh water from the main
- avoid consuming water from the hot water tap, where lead is more likely to be present
You can find more guidance on www.DrinkTap.org