Ensuring Safe Drinking Water: San Angelo’s efforts to monitor lead and copper levels in tap water

SAN ANGELO, Texas (Concho Valley Homepage) — Beginning in June, samples of San Angelo tap water will be tested from San Angelo homes. The testing, required by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, is to test for any high levels of lead or copper in a certain selection of homes generally built across San Angelo during the 1980s.

Employees from the water quality lab will drop off sample kits at a home whose owners will collect a tap water sample and leave it on the doorstep to be picked up.

We ask that there be a minimum of six hours that they have not used the tap, whether that’s the kitchen sink or the sink in the bathroom,” Shane Kelton, executive director of the City of San Angelo’s Public Works Department, said. “Most of the time, the best time to take the samples is first thing in the morning when you get up. Before anything take the sample at that point.”

Similar tests taken in previous years have come back within EPA’s parameters.

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