If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. PID is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, 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 [Optional: If you do so, you may wish to collect the flushed water and reuse it for another beneficial purpose, such as watering plants]. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/lead.
Federal regulations require Paradise Irrigation District to sample for lead and copper in your drinking water every three years and then the state reviews those samples for compliance. Based on the sampling results, there is no rea-son for concern. The samples show no lead and only minimal results for copper—and those levels are well below the action level for con-cern. However, if you are concerned about lead and/or copper in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead and copper in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or a Quick Reference Guide at https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=60001N8P.txt or call the district at 530/877-4971.
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