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Groundwater Quality Issues

The City of Kalamazoo presents the following to keep you informed on the iron issues and Lead and Copper Program details as they relate to our groundwater.

Lead and Copper Program

Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

Lead and copper are common metals found in the environment. Drinking water is one possible source of exposure to these metals due to their widespread use in water distribution system materials. Lead can enter drinking water when pipes, solder, home/building interior plumbing, fittings, and fixtures that contain lead corrode. Corrosion is the dissolving, or wearing away, of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and distribution system materials. Several factors affect the amount of lead that enters drinking water including water quality characteristics, the amount of lead the water comes into contact with, and the frequency of water use in the home.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person's potential exposure to lead. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 percent to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.

The purpose of the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), is to control lead and copper levels by reducing water corrosivity. All community and nontransient noncommunity water supplies (types of public water supplies) must meet the LCR requirements.

View the files below for more information from the City of Kalamazoo and the City of Parchment.


National Secondary Water Standards (pdf)
Iron in Drinking Water Study (pdf)
Iron in Drinking Water Fact Sheet (pdf)

Lead and Copper Program Resources

Lead Poisoning, Know the Facts (pdf)
Cleaning Your Aerators (pdf)
Well Fed Mean Less Lead (pdf)
Lead and Copper Program (LCP) educational video | View on YouTube
15-Second Radio Ad | 30-Second Radio Ad | All Radio Ads and PSAs
Proposed Lead and Copper Rule Changes
Lead: Talking Points (pdf)
City of Parchment Fact Sheet (pdf) - November 2018
Kettering University Water Update (pdf) - January 2016

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