ST. PAUL, Minn. (FOX 9) – Elevated levels of lead have been discovered in some homes and buildings in St. Paul.
St. Paul Regional Water Services (SPRWS) in a press release on Monday said it found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings, with tap water sampling showing 13 samples were above the 15 parts per billion action level for lead.
Lead can get into the drinking water as it passes through a household’s plumbing system, SPRWS said. It can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells, among other health issues.
The City of St. Paul is hosting a public meeting on lead in SPRWS drinking water from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 at 1900 Rice St. You can find out if you have lead service lines by visiting this website.
What SPRWS is doing about lead in drinking water
SPRWS says it’s working to minimize lead exposure in several ways. Among them:
SPRWS has a 10-year plan to remove all lead service lines in St. Paul at no cost to homeowners. It was launched in 2023.
SPRWS offers a lead assessment program and financial assistance to remove lead prior to the Lead Free SPRWS’ removal.
SPRWS uses a process called corrosion control to treat water to minimize leaching when the water interacts with lead.
How to reduce exposure to lead in water
SPRWS gives the following tips to reduce your exposure to lead:
Clean your aerator. At least