On June 28, 2016 the National Resources Defense Council published a report concerning the recent detection of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. This report contained a list of public water systems in the country who had also detected lead in their water anytime between 2013 and 2015. The Municipal Authority of Buffalo Township (MABT) was included on this list because we did have a detection of lead above the action level during our sampling in September of 2013. Appropriate actions were taken immediately by the Authority and DEP to include public notification, increased testing, and an evaluation of our treatment process and source water. These actions resulted in a determination by DEP that our treatment process was optimized and there have been no lead detections since. DEP surmised, and we agreed, that the likely cause of this single set of high readings was improper sample collection procedure.
It is also important to note that DEP’s own guidance on this matter explains that a lead action level exceedance is not a water quality violation but can trigger other requirements that include water quality parameter monitoring, corrosion control treatment, source water monitoring, public education, and lead service line replacement. As described above, all of these actions have taken place here at MABT.
This issue was discussed in local media recently. More information on this subject is available by contacting our office directly or by accessing the links below...
MABT Press Release - June 29, 2016
MABT Public Notice - November 25, 2013
MABT Press Release - November 25, 2013
National Resources Defense Council Report - June 28, 2016