Lead and Copper Rule Testing

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires all water systems to determine the lead and copper levels in tap water under the Lead and Copper Rule.  The City of Edgerton is required to test a certain number of homes for lead and copper levels every three years.

If you have received a door hanger, you have been selected for this sampling program. Please fill out the form below and someone will contact you about collecting the samples.  If you have any questions, please call City Hall at 913-893-6231 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or email Utilities Superintendent Mike Mabrey.

What is lead?

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals, causing health effects.

Who is at risk from lead exposure?

Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead. Babies and young children can also be more highly exposed to lead because they often put their hands and other objects that can have lead from dust or soil on them into their mouths. Children may also be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead, inhaling lead dust from lead-based paint or lead-contaminated soil or from playing with toys with lead-based paint.

Adults may be exposed to lead by eating and drinking food or water containing lead or from dishes or glasses that contain lead. They may also breath lead dust by spending time in areas where lead-based paint is deteriorating, and during renovation or repair work that disturbs painted surfaces in older homes and buildings. Working in a job or engaging in hobbies where lead is used, such as making stained glass, can increase exposure as can certain folk remedies containing lead. A pregnant woman’s exposure to lead from these sources is of particular concern because it can result in exposure to her developing baby. Find out more about the dangers of lead at epa.gov/lead.