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Posted on: January 4, 2023

Please help us protect your health!

Water Service Line Material Survey QR Code

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued regulations requiring all public water supply (PWS) systems to develop a Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) of both water system owned and your privately owned service lines. The City of Russell must submit this inventory to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) by October 16, 2024.

City staff has developed an online survey to help us obtain information required by the EPA. The survey includes questions such as the material of plumbing and service lines, date of installation or the date your home was built. Please take the time to respond to the survey as this will help determine if you or your family have a lead exposure risk. If you are unsure, City staff can help identify materials. The goal is to remove all lead containing service lines to your home. You may access the survey using this QR Code, or by visiting https://www.russellcity.org/301/2335/Lead-Safe-Community

Piping containing lead can become a potential health risk in drinking water. Some homes (typically built before 1988 in Kansas) may have lead service lines on the customer's property that connect to your water system’s main lines. On the back of this letter is a schematic of where lead sources in drinking water may be found.

Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. Young children and infants are particularly vulnerable to lead. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child.

Additional information on the Lead and Copper Rule and identifying lead pipes and plumbing can be found on the KDHE website at: kdhe.ks.gov/547/

Or at the EPA Website at: epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule

Let’s work together to get the lead out of our water systems.

Thank you for your cooperation!

For more information, please contact:

Randy Baker

Water Utility Director

(785)483-6311

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