Lead in Home Plumbing

Clermont County Water Resources Department

Lead in Drinking Water Concerns

February 4, 2016


If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. In accordance with the EPA Primary Drinking Water Standards, Clermont County has been testing for lead in our drinking water in homes since 1992 and has always been in compliance with the standard. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. We are responsible for providing high-quality drinking water, but we cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. More information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline (1-800-426-4791) or at:



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