City of Tulsa to test water for lead and copper at 200 homes

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Updated: 1/18/2013 4:15 pm Published: 1/18/2013 4:14 pm

Municipal water suppliers are required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to test water samples for evidence of many minerals, metals and contaminants.

Because the City of Tulsa’s water for many years has been well within EPA standards, it has been able to test in fewer homes. In 2013, the City will test the water in up to 200 homes.

A letter will go out this week to as many as 4,500 customers in order to get the number of required participants.

The letters will have a brief questionnaire which, when answered, will enable the City’s water quality laboratory to determine if the plumbing in the home is appropriate for the testing according to federal standards.

Customers participating in the survey will be asked to fill a one-liter bottle with tap water – from a faucet or tap that has not been used for six hours – then place the bottle on their front doorstep so that a City employee, driving a City of Tulsa vehicle and wearing a City employee uniform, can collect the samples.

The water samples will be analyzed to determine how much lead or copper is in the water. Participating customers will receive a copy of the laboratory results for the home.

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aleman - 1/20/2013 6:15 PM
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Yea,we are on track to losing 300 to lead poisoning,the kind that flies through the air...

Mayor Maynot - 1/19/2013 10:42 AM
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I'm not sure how they can tell with 200 individuals involved in the survey. While I'm sure that many citizens are subject to copper and lead contaminants :-) it's certain to be at least 32 calibre.
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