2021 Lead and Copper Compliance Monitoring
Cleveland Water customers whose homes were chosen as a 2021 Lead and Copper Compliance Sampling location have been asked to watch the above video. Following all sampling instructions is very important as the water being collected is used to determine if our corrosion control treatment techniques continue to be effective.
In 1991, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a regulation to control lead and copper in drinking water provided by public water systems. This regulation, known as the Lead and Copper Rule, has undergone various revisions. The most recent version is found in the Code of Federal Regulations 40 C.F.R. §§ 141.80-140.91. Updates that were published in the Federal Registry in January 2021 were put on hold for further review by the U.S. EPA.
The following information is intended for customers whose homes have been chosen as a water sample collection site for the 2021 Lead and Copper Compliance Sampling.
Cleveland Water will drop off a sampling kit at your home in late May or early June. Water should be used at the kitchen sink each day as normal leading up to the day you choose to sample. Samples may be collected beginning June 1 after watching the video and reading all sampling instructions. Samples may only be collected from the cold water tap at the kitchen sink after no water has been used anywhere in your home for at least six hours. We are requesting that this be done by June 14, 2021.
After properly collecting your sample and completing the chain of custody form, call Cleveland Water at 216-664-3171 to schedule a sample pickup. If you receive the voicemail, please leave your phone number, full address and state that your sample is ready for pickup. Leave your filled sample(s) and completed chain of custody form in the bag they came in outside your home in the same location that we dropped off the sampling kit. We will respond to you as soon as possible during regular business hours.
Cleveland Water’s Lead and Copper Compliance Monitoring results have been below the federal action level for copper of 1.3 parts per million since testing began and below the federal action level for lead of 15 parts per billion since 1997, which is when we implemented system-wide corrosion control techniques. We expect that the 2021 sample collection results will continue to have high-quality water results like shown on these graphs.
Cleveland Water will provide each sampler their individual lead and copper results within two days of our analysis. The time from when we pick-up the sample from your house until we analyze all samples will vary. If your lead test results are above 15 ppb or if your copper results are above 1.3 ppm, additional information will be provided. Once all samplers’ water has been analyzed, the results will be combined to determine Cleveland Water’s Lead and Copper Compliance Monitoring results for this sample period. The collective results will then be made public.
For more information about lead and the Healthy Water Habits of Clean. Flush. Consume Cold, which all customers should implement in their home to reduce potential exposure, visit clevelandwater.com/lead or contact Cleveland Water’s Lead Inquiry Line at 216-664-2882.
Customers that have a lead service line (city-owned, customer-owned or both) who are interested in being considered for the next round of compliance monitoring can ask that their home be added to the collection site consideration list by calling our Water Quality Line at 216-664-2639 or completing this form and emailing it to Scott_Moegling@ClevelandWater.com.