Lead & Copper

Dear Customer,

The Environmental Protection Agency has developed regulations which requires all water systems in the United States to sample certain homes for the presence of lead and copper. These samples can only be taken from homes built after 1982 and before June 1988. The EPA targeted these homes because lead solder used in the joints of copper pipes may have the tendency to leach lead into water. This leaching problem normally occurs in water standing in pipes for more than six hours or in water systems that do not provide for corrosion control. The City of Cumming Water System began corrosion control in their systems in 1988.

We need your assistance in order to comply with this Federal requirement. If you own a home built between 1982 and 1988 and agree to participate in this study, Cumming Utilities will provide you with a sample bottle and ask you to collect a cold-water sample after the water has been standing in the home plumbing for at least six hours. This may be done first thing in the morning or immediately after returning home from work before any water is used at the home. The samples will initially be taken once every 6 months and less frequently thereafter.

Your participation in this study is encouraged but is strictly voluntary. Please take a moment to download and complete the attached form (see above) to see if your home qualifies for the testing and return it via US Mail or via email.

We want to assure you of our continuing and concerted efforts to provide safe drinking water to our community. Many laboratory tests are conducted by our staff on a continual basis to assure that the water we distribute to your home meets and exceeds all water quality standards. In addition, the State of Georgia performs periodic checks of our drinking water quality.

If you have any questions, please call Cumming Utilities Water Production Division at 770-781-2026 or 770-781-2039. You may also contact me by email at tombryson@cityofcumming.net. We will be glad to answer any questions you may have.

Tom Bryson
Superintendent Water Production Division