Failed Lead Test Results

Passing results for lead in drinking water according to EPA, may have a maximum concentration of 0.015 ppm. Lead is not found naturally in groundwater, but may be found in the following areas:

  1. Kitchen sink faucet
  2. Solder joining copper pipes
  3. Submersible well pump


We recommend that you:

  1. Replace kitchen faucet
  2. Replace both hot & cold water copper piping using no-lead solder. Do not use the old copper piping. These pipes shall be replaced from the kitchen sink to the pressure tank, or if public water, to the water meter.

If the test results are only slightly over the maximum limit, for example 0.015 ppm to 0.018 ppm, we recommend continuously flushing the kitchen sink faucet at a slow rate for 24 hours. Do not use the faucet for a minimum of 8 hours, and resample. We recommend putting a towel over the faucet to prevent accidental use of the sink.

Please call Watkins Environmental Sciences at (315) 446-4763 if you have any questions.