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City to begin state-required Lead and Copper Monitoring Program

Information on the state-mandated Lead and Copper Monitoring Program.
Post Date:January 26, 2018
The City of Lewisville is beginning its state-mandated Lead and Copper Monitoring Program to ensure optimized water treatment.

The City has partnered with 120WaterAudit to help with this program. Beginning Monday, Jan. 29, 120WaterAudit will ship water sampling kits to 88 residents in order to collect the required 60 samples. The list of 88 residences includes those who have participated in the past, volunteers, and a few randomly selected residences that met state requirements. The sampling kits will include collection instructions, required sample information paperwork, a sample bottle, and a return shipping label for delivery to the laboratory. The sampling kit, return shipping to the laboratory, and the sample analysis are provided at no cost to residents. The results of the analysis will be directly reported to residents after the laboratory completes the analysis.

In June 2017, the City introduced a copper ion treatment into the water system at the Lewisville Lake intake pipes in an aggressive approach to combat Zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are an invasive species of freshwater mussels that have been causing havoc with ecosystems in North America. Feeding on algae, the mussels colonize in mass, creating blockages and causing damage to pipelines, waterways, and even water treatment plants. Trace amounts of copper ion penetrate and break down the biofilm, the accumulation of microorganisms on wet surfaces.

This increased testing requirement by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality does not mean there is an increase in lead/copper in residential houses. This additional testing is being done to ensure no increase in levels since the copper ion treatment began.

Copper ion treatment is considered more economical than other chemical treatments. It is a proven technology in naval and power generation plants in prohibiting biofilm in various water sources around the country. The use of copper ion has become a viable, cost-effective option at intake and transmission pipelines that provide water supply to drinking water treatment plants.

For information contact Environmental Control Services Manager, Jordan Strickler, 972.219.3509.
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