By Graham Sturgeon, co-editor

The Durand Department of Public Works and Utilities (DPW) presented the Durand City Council with a report of the city’s 2014 water test results during the council’s Monday, Feb. 1 meeting. The city samples water from its four ground water wells every three years, with 2014 being the most recent report.

The presentation included lead and copper test results dating back to 2006, with the highest lead level being .012 parts-per-billion (ppb) from a 2009 test. The city tests 20 homes each time and reports that 78 of the last 80 homes tested since 2006 have reported lead levels of 0.0 ppb, with the two other samples containing “trace levels.”

DPW Director Steve Mince said during the meeting that the city’s water infrastructure still contains approximately 200 lead-based service leads that run from the street into homes, but that the city is replacing outdated parts every time service work is done.

The city’s four wells are located on Lincoln Street, inside the city limits, and on Goodall Road north of town. The city treats and disperses approximately 300,000 gallons of water per day, according to Mince.

The presentation also outlined the process by which the city protects old lead-based pipes, fittings, valves and meters. Phosphorus is used to protect against corrosion by binding to pipes, which also limits the amount of iron released into the water.

Water report information can be found on the city of Durand webpage.

Durand Council Reports Lead-Free Water was last modified: February 8th, 2016 by Karen Elford