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Ensuring Water is Safe

Is EWSU’s water safe?

Yes, EWSU takes steps in its treatment process to ensure corrosive elements do not result in elevated levels of lead and copper in customer tap water. EWSU periodically tests drinking water for lead and copper in accordance with guidance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM).

Does EWSU test for lead and copper?

EWSU regularly tests the lead and copper in water at high-risk homes, in accordance with IDEM’s guidelines and oversight. Homeowners receive the results after testing is complete, and test results for these select homes are consistently below EPA’s requirements.

The tests for all regulated metals are performed by an Independent Certified Laboratory. EWSU does not have the equipment or certifications to perform lead and copper testing in drinking water.

EWSU conducted its lead and copper testing for 56 homes selected by IDEM in 2015. EWSU’s test results for lead were 2 parts per billion, well below EPA’s action level standard for 15 parts per billion. EWSU’s test results for copper were .025 parts per million; the EPA’s action level limit for copper is 1.3 parts per million.

For more information, go to EWSU’s 2015 Annual Consumer Confidence Report or call EWSU’s Water Quality Manager at 812-428-0568.

You can also contact the Vanderburgh County Health Department or talk to your doctor about reducing your family’s exposure to lead.

How will I know if my drinking water has lead in it?

Since you cannot see, taste or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of telling whether there are harmful quantities of lead in your drinking water. Several major retail stores, such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, Menards, etc. sell water analysis kits.

Customers can have their water tested for lead and copper by contacting a laboratory certified to test for lead in drinking water. A list of those laboratories is available online at Indiana Certified Drinking Water Chemistry Laboratories. Be sure to check for any additional charges related to the testing of your water by a Certified Laboratory.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) has provided written permission to use information in the AWWA publication “Service Lines: A Guide for Water Systems Addressing Service Line Repair and Replacement.”

EWSU also thanks the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) for giving written permission to use content from their web page Understanding Lead and Water to assist us in the preparation of this website and FAQs.