There are several factors protecting our drinking water from lead contamination. First, the Auburn Water Works Board (AWWB) has excellent drinking water sources that have very low corrosivity unlike systems where lead contamination has been an issue. In addition, prior to being distributed to our customers, the pH of the drinking water is adjusted at the water treatment plant so that it is balanced before it enters the system. To further safeguard against corrosion and lead/copper issues, the AWWB utilizes a corrosion inhibitor at its treatment plant that covers the interior of the pipes with a protective coating.
If you are unsure if your home contains lead pipes, a certified plumber should be able to help you determine whether or not they are present in your home. If you are interested in learning more about this topic, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has several internet resources available online about this subject. Should you have any questions on this topic, feel free to contact us.
For more information on lead and copper, please read our Lead/copper monitoring sample plan (PDF).