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Lead (Pb) and Copper (Cu)

Lead (Pb) and Copper (Cu)

Testing Our Nation's Drinking Water Supply

Recent national news stories have shed light on the importance of ensuring that our national drinking water supplies are clean and free of dangerous impurities.  Concern over lead and copper in potable water has intensified as citizens across the nation become more aware of unsafe drinking water sources.  Lead and copper are naturally occurring elements and are often present at ultra-low levels in “clean” drinking water.  However, most contamination present in potable water supplies is a result of corroding pipes and fixtures.  Lead can enter drinking water when pipes and fixtures that contain lead corrode as a result of water that has high acidity or a low mineral content.   The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder.   Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. 

Federal and state agencies regulate lead and copper levels in public drinking water sources through the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) and the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).  The regulations include action levels at 0.015 mg/L (ppm) for lead and 1.3 mg/L for copper.

TestAmerica, the leader in environmental testing, is uniquely positioned in the laboratory industry to support drinking water investigations and monitoring efforts.  Our scalable operations, with twenty one laboratories certified to analyze drinking water samples, provide the capacity required to meet the needs of sampling events of any size.  Coupled with state of the art instrumentation to meet the low level requirements of the SDWA, and our highly trained team of analysts, TestAmerica is the premier laboratory network in the nation for lead and copper drinking water testing.