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Volunteers Needed For City of Huntsville Lead and Copper Sampling Program
The City of Huntsville is seeking help from residents to complete water quality sampling as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). This program requires water providers to collect a certain number of samples to be analyzed for drinking water quality standards. This year the City of Huntsville must collect samples from 60 residences. These 60 residences must be sampled two times in 2017-2018 - once before December 15, 2017 and then again before June 15, 2018.
To ensure the best sampling and testing process, the TCEQ assigns the highest priority to sampling single family homes built between the years 1982 and 1988. Due to building materials used during this time period (copper pipes with lead solder), homes that fit this category are more likely to exhibit lead and copper leaching.
In order to collect a representative sample, water must be collected from a kitchen or bathroom sink that is not equipped with a filtration system and where water has sat unused in the lines for a minimum of six hours. The best way to accomplish this is to collect the sample first thing in the morning before any water is used, which is most easily accomplished by the homeowner.
For this reason, the City is seeking volunteers (at no cost to the homeowner) interested in participating. The City’s Environmental Services Division will provide participants with a sample bottle and detailed instructions on how to properly collect and handle the sample. Also, participants will be given a copy of the lab analysis when they are complete.
If you are a City of Huntsville water customer for a home built between 1982 and 1988 and would like to participate in this program, please contact the Public Works Department at 936-294-5707or email Kimberly Kembro at firstname.lastname@example.org.