Lead Prevention and Monitoring Program

By | February 1, 2016

As a drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater service provider, Capital Region Water’s core purpose is to protect public health and the environment. In light of the ongoing questions and concerns, Capital Region Water wants you, our customers, to know about our lead prevention and monitoring program.

What were the most recent lead testing results?

Following its mandated Lead and Copper Rule sampling plan, Capital Region Water tested 33 high risk residential homes throughout its service area in 2019. State and federal regulations require the 90th percentile lead level to be less than 15 parts per billion. Capital Region Water’s result was 0 parts per billion.

How does Capital Region Water test for lead?

Under strict state and federal regulations, Capital Region Water is required to test for copper and lead in its drinking water every three years. Samples for this testing are taken directly from customer faucets in areas with the oldest water mains and buildings which are more likely to contain lead in their indoor plumbing. Based on Capital Region Water’s service area size, 33 samples are collected for each testing period every three years.

What does Capital Region Water do to keep the lead out?

Lead is not present in the water Capital Region Water sends into the distribution system.  Lead can enter the water when there is corrosion of lead joints on water mains or plumbing systems containing lead. To prevent the corrosion of pipes, Capital Region Water adjusts the pH of the water and also adds a corrosion inhibitor (orthophosphate).

How do I know if I have lead in my water?

Customers can contract with a local environmental testing lab or purchase in-home test kits at their local hardware store. Capital Region Water cannot recommend or endorse any specific laboratory or in-home test kit.

What about other water contaminants?

Every year, Capital Region Water publishes a “Drinking Water Quality Report” that outlines the results of water quality testing for a number of contaminants.  The report is available by request and on the “Customer Information” page of our website.

Where does my drinking water come from?

Capital Region Water gets its drinking water from the DeHart Reservoir, a remote pristine reservoir about 20 miles north of Harrisburg that is almost completely surrounded by forest.

The DeHart Reservoir provides some of the highest quality drinking water in the country to Capital Region Water’s Water Services Center which is staffed 24 hours a day to treat, test, and produce over 7 million gallons of safe drinking water every day.

Capital Region Water also maintains three storage reservoirs at Reservoir Park and over 200 miles of water mains to deliver safe drinking water to every home and business in its service area.

Capital Region Water has also received both the 10-year Director’s Award and the President’s Award from the Partnership for Safe Drinking Water for exceeding all state and federal drinking water standards.