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If you have been listening to the news lately, you have been hearing a lot about lead-tainted drinking water in Flint, Michigan. Here at the City of Titusville, we want to assure you about the quality of drinking water that we provide to you and your family.
To understand what happened in Flint, you have to first look at the source of their water: the Flint River. The Flint River water is considered corrosive because it contains a very high level of chloride ions. This high level is thought to have resulted from the use of road salts. Road salts are used to accelerate the rate snow melts on roadways.
Corrosive water can pick up (leach) lead and copper from household plumbing (especially in older homes). Water utilities routinely add corrosion inhibitors to avoid lead and copper corrosion. Unfortunately, in Flint, they did not.
In Titusville, our water comes from groundwater pumped from the Surficial and Floridan Aquifers. We also purchase treated water from the City of Cocoa whose water sources include groundwater, the Taylor Creek Reservoir, and aquifer storage recovery wells.
Titusville monitors the lead and copper levels in its drinking water at different locations in its system in accordance with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead and Copper Rule. Our monitoring results are reported in our annual water quality report (www.titusville.com/ccr).
Our source water does not have the same high chloride ion level as the Flint River. In addition, Titusville’s water treatment process includes the use of lime, which contributes to pipe scale (the white deposit that you see on your showerhead). This scale helps to line pipes to prevent leaching.
Learn more about Titusville drinking water in our annual drinking water quality report, click this linkThe Water We Drink.
For more information on lead in drinking water click this link, United States Environmental Protection Agency's website.
View American City & County article on violations of the federal Lead and Copper Rule by community water systems click here.