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Information About Lead in Drinking Water

The Medina County Sanitary Engineers Office conducts random lead testing of County supplied water to comply with EPA requirements. Lead in drinking water above the EPA action level (15 parts per billion per liter) can significantly increase risk of damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys if too much enters your body. The risk is higher for pregnant women and young children.

Drinking water can contain lead as a result of corrosion of materials containing lead within the water distribution system and/or household plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass, chrome-plated brass faucets, and pipes made of lead that connect your house to the water main (service lines).

Some precautions you can take to minimize lead in your water

For further information about lead and drinking water, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency.