The Federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently strengthened its drinking water standards related to lead and copper. (This is called the Lead and Copper Rule Revision.) The revised requirements protect our public health to an even greater degree by reducing exposure to lead in drinking water. Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body.
PLEASE NOTE: The drinking water provided to St. Anthony Village residents does not contain lead.
However, lead can enter the drinking water from corrosion (the wearing away) of plumbing materials that contain lead. These materials include lead service pipes, lead-based materials (solder) used to join copper pipe, and brass components. These materials were commonly used before 1986.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
As part of the new federal requirements, the City of St. Anthony will be compiling an inventory of each water service line in the city to determine the pipe’s composition and to see if it is lead, galvanized steel, non-lead, or unknown.
WHAT IS A WATER SERVICE LINE?
A service line is the water pipe that connects the water main on your street to the piping inside of your home.
Property owners are responsible for maintaining water services lines from the main into the home. If your service pipe is identified as lead or galvanized steel, it will eventually need to be replaced.
WHAT IS THE INVENTORY?
The City will be inventorying all water service lines in St. Anthony Village using multiple tools such as historic records, visual identification, and documentation from replacement projects. This inventory will be submitted to the Minnesota Department of Health in October 2024. WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE.
DO IT YOURSELF INSPECTION
We need our community to do a quick inspection and submit the information
Identify where your water service pipe is located and determine the pipe material using the photo examples below to guide you.