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Lewes Neighbors React To Drinking Water Advisory

Posted: Aug 30, 2018 5:49 PM -04:00 Updated:

LEWES, DE-High lead levels in drinking water have been detected in some homes in Lewes. 

Ten samples were collected in different parts of the Board of Public Works service area, with three homes showing results that exceed EPA regulations.The results ranged from non-detect to 38.4 ug/L, officials say. The sampling was a part of the city's three year test for copper and lead in nearby homes. 

According to the Department of Public Health, lab analysis found that the 90th percentile result of 26.5 ug/Liter exceeded the EPA Action Level of 15 ug/Liter. 

Darrin Gordon, General Manager of the Board of Public Works says the city is working hard to determine the scope and cause of the issue-- the city's water is fine, he says, but old pipes in Lewes may be the issue.

"In 1988, the federal government made a law that no longer could brass fittings that have lead in them be used in construction," Gordon said. "Anything that was built prior to 1988, that's where there might be some concern that there's lead in the home."

When water goes through these old pipes, BPW says this is when contamination occurs--which affects the healthiness of drinking water.

Douglas Lynch, a nearby neighbor says his family has lived in his home since 1901. He worries his pipes could be at risk.

"So we drink a lot of bottled water, but we still cook with tap water so it could be an issue cooking with tap water," he said.

His mother is also 93-years-old, which puts her more at risk due to hear age--he hopes the city will pinpoint the problem areas soon.

Wilson Gates, a downtown business owner is concerned the contamination may affect his customers. 

"We want to make sure that everything that goes out in front of them is of a quality standpoint and will of course have no negative effect on them," he said. Wilson contacted BPW, though he's waiting on further test results before moving forward with further prevention plans for his business.

The city will also be testing nearby schools and hospitals for potential lead contamination

 

 

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