Information about Lead in Drinking Water
Lead is not present in MAWSA drinking water when it leaves our water treatment. Water can leach lead from brass or chromed-plated brass faucets and fixtures in the home, or from galvanized service lines.
MAWSA takes your drinking water safety very seriously, 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.
Part of our inspection process when going from home to home, is to assure that the service line coming into the home is not galvanized. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. If you would like to have your home inspected to assure your incoming service line is not galvanized, this may be done free of charge. Call our office at 717-665-2737 to schedule.
If there is ever an emergency situation regarding your water, the Authority will notify you via phone call notification system. Please be sure we have your updated contact information by providing us the customer contact data form mailed to you in your January statement, or by clicking here.
Our previous lead test levels have been within regulatory test requirements, and are on a three year testing cycle. Of the last tests taken, 16 out of 20 samples were Non-Detect. The other 4 results were well within the regulatory limits, as reported in the CCR Report. (View by clicking here.) The new CCR Report will be issued on or before July 1, 2016.
Locations that participate in the Lead and Copper testing are provided with instructions from an independent, certified, laboratory detailing how to collect a proper sample. Reports from the laboratory regarding the Lead and Copper results are available for viewing during regular business hours.
Additional resources regarding lead in drinking water, test methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure are available at;