The City of Berwyn, in an effort to promote better health through clean water, is encouraging residents to test and replace their lead water services. Over the next 12 months, the city will waive the tap connection fee if an unsafe level of lead is found in residences.
Following the Flint, Mich. water crisis, some have suggested that the water in the City of Berwyn is not safe for drinking due to unsafe levels of lead, according to a news release. In order to properly address these concerns, the government is recommending citizens to follow these five steps:
1. Run your water for 15 – 30 seconds to flush lead from interior plumbing or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours.
2. Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.
3. Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
4. Look for alternative sources or treatment of water. You may want to consider purchasing a water filter, bottled water or replacing your lead water service. Read the package to ensure the filter is approved to reduce lead. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality.
5. Contact your local health department to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.
Any resident can perform their own lead test. The city utilizes Suburban Laboratories for testing. You may contact them at drinkingwaterlabs.com or by phone at 708-544-3260, according to the news release.