IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN DUNCANNON BOROUGH DRINKING WATER
Recent drinking water quality monitoring conducted by the Borough of Duncannon has found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings in the Borough of Duncannon.
Although the primary sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust or soil, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10 to 20 percent of a person's potential exposure to lead may come from drinking water.
The Borough of Duncannon is concerned about the health of their residents because lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources, especially for pregnant women and children six years and younger. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body.
Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother's bones, which may affect brain development.
The Borough of Duncannon routinely tests water at several points in the Borough as part of its routine monitoring and quality control efforts. During a recent test, high levels of lead and copper were discovered in two of the 10 locations tested.
The state Department of Environmental Protection has been notified and is requiring more extensive testing protocol to insure the steps being taken to address the issue. The Borough is, and has been, modifying the ph levels of the water in its system to reduce corrosion. In years past lead and copper results have been within standards.
The Borough will also be taking steps to help identify potential sources of lead, including a planned survey of its customers to help identify plumbing of the type and age that are more likely to have lead pipes or lead solder. The Borough also plans to continue replacing any old pipes or fittings found in its system which might be a potential source of lead.
There are steps you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in your water:
- Run your water to flush out lead. Run water for 15-30 seconds to flush lead from interior plumbing or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking, if it hasn't been used for several hours.
- Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
- Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
- Look for alternative drinking water sources or treatment of water. You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter.
- Test your water for lead. Click here for a list of DEP accredited water testing labs. Copies of that list are also available in person at Borough Hall, or by calling us at 717-834-4311.
- Get your child's blood tested. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.
- Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead.
For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead contact your health care provider, or visit the web sites listed below.
Pennsylvania DEP Lead in Drinking Water information page
US EPA Lead in Drinking Water basic information
Center for Disease Control lead in water information
American Water Works Association Lead in Water info
Penn State Extension Lead in Water page