DPU Seeks Volunteers For 2018 Drinking Water Lead And Copper Testing

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The Los Alamos Department of Public Utilities (DPU) is seeking residential volunteers to assist in this year’s drinking water lead and copper testing.

In accordance the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Lead and Copper Rule, DPU will sample water from taps within 30 homes that meet certain requirements. The test is free to residential volunteers.

Lead and copper can enter the water supply through plumbing materials, specifically older homes that were built with copper pipes with lead solder. DPU will test lead and copper concentrations the week of June 4, 2018 for volunteers whose homes meet the following criteria:

  • Home is a single-family residence;
  • Home was built prior to 1983; and
  • Home contains copper piping with lead solder.

Sampling requires selected volunteers to fill a provided bottle with water from an internal faucet. DPU will pick up the water sample and have it tested at no cost to the customer volunteer. Lead and copper concentrations will be provided in July 2018 to the volunteer participants.

Residential customers can notify the DPU of their interest by visiting https://rebrand.ly/DPU-LeadAndCopper and completing the online form. DPU will notify the selected 30 customers during the week of May 7, 2018.

Questions or concerns may be directed to the DPU through the Customer Care Center at 505.662.8333 or CustomerCare@lacnm.us.