Water Quality Reports and Lead and Copper Sampling Results Available

Capital Region Water has begun temporarily pumping and treating blended water from our backup drinking water source, the Susquehanna River, and the primary source, DeHart Reservoir (25% Susquehanna supply and 75% DeHart supply). This short-term run is an industry best practice, used to operate the backup and confirm its reliability during a potential emergency. Routine use allows Capital Region Water to ensure that both sources are available and can be utilized when needed.

“Protecting public health by providing safe, reliable drinking water is our top priority,” Capital Region Water CEO Charlotte Katzenmoyer said. “All state and federal drinking water standards will be met during this temporary exercise. Customers with a sensitive palate may notice a slightly different taste, but there will be no changes to the quality of water coming through your tap.”

The short-term run will last approximately 14 days. On November 4, 2022, Capital Region Water will transition the full supply back to the DeHart Reservoir.

Capital Region Water also recently completed a required Lead and Copper Rule sampling plan by testing 45 high-risk, single-family homes throughout the service area.  All sample results came back “non-detect” for lead and well under the 1.3 parts per million maximum contaminant level for copper. The average result for copper was 0.05 parts per million with no samples exceeding 0.2 parts per million.

State and federal regulations require the 90th percentile lead level to be less than 15 parts per billion, meaning detected lead must not exceed that level in at least 90 percent of homes sampled. Capital Region Water’s result of 0 parts per billion is a great result in our commitment to clean, safe drinking water. Capital Region Water will test for lead and copper again in 2025.

Details about the source of your drinking water and how it compares to federal and state regulatory standards can be found in the Water Quality Report on Capital Region Water’s website. Capital Region Water is committed to providing crystal clear information to each and every customer.  Please contact Capital Region Water at 888-510-0606 if you have any questions.

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