If your home was built before 1986 it may have a lead service line. You can call the City of Grand Forks Water Maintenance Department at 738-8773 or call your local plumber to help you determine if you have a lead service line. This is a free service provided by the City of Grand Forks Water Maintenance Department.
The finished water leaving the Grand Forks Water Treatment Plant does not contain leadThe City provides corrosion control at the Water Treatment Plant to maintain compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. . Homes with lead plumbing or lead service lines however may likely see levels of lead in their water because of lead pipes, faucets or fixtures.
For more information on reducing lead exposure at your home and the health effects of lead, visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/lead
The City of Grand Forks is on a monitoring plan for Lead-Copper sampling as mandated by the North Dakota Department of Health. The City is required to sample a number of homes every three years and samples were last taken in 2017.
The City Water Maintenance Department will help the homeowner determine if they have a lead service line.
The City Environmental Lab can provide assistance in homeowners that are interested in getting their water tested to better understand if there is lead in their water.
There are several labs available in our area and these include Minnesota Valley Testing Laboratory (701)- 258-9720; ND Department of Health 701-328-6140; as well as RMB Environmental Laboratories Inc. 218-846-1465. The City of Grand Forks can provide assistance in this process but does not test for lead in the water.
- Install a point of use lead water filter that removes 99% of the lead. Verify that it is certified under NSF/ANSI 53 to remove lead.
- Replace lead service line
- Flush taps or faucets 30 seconds to one minute before using the water.
- Use only cold water for cooking and drinking; boiling does not reduce the lead
- Use bottled water
- Treat well water to make it less corrosive
- When building or remodeling insist on lead free plumbing materials (many newer homes use plastic water lines that are glued instead of soldered)
- Add reverse osmosis or distillation units
- Install calcite filters between the faucet and the lead problem
- Periodically remove and clean aeration devices (screen) on faucets
- Do not use carbon, sand, cartridge, or micro filters as they DO NOT reduce lead!