The Municipal Water Authority of Adams Township (“MWAAT”) was recently notified by the PA Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) that our 2016 lead water tests were invalid. This was due to an error by the independent laboratory that tests the water samples. There is no information suggesting that the water contains unsafe levels of lead. An “invalid test” just means that the test cannot be counted, not that it was positive for lead.
Under state and federal regulations, MWAAT is required to test for lead in the water every three years. Testing was completed in 2016 and was scheduled to be completed again in 2019. However, the DEP has directed MWAAT to conduct another round of lead testing to replace the invalid results. This testing is to occur between June 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018. MWAAT will also be conducting interim water tests out of an abundance of caution. As with all water tests, the results will be shared with the public.
MWAAT receives its water from the West View Water Authority (“WVWA”). On March 15, 2018, WVWA posted the results of their recent water tests. Those tests showed the lead level as <0.001ppm. This is well below the level at which a water authority is required to take action to correct lead levels.
MWAAT is dedicated to providing our valued customers with safe drinking water that meets all the state and federal guidelines. We will review our contracts to make sure that any laboratories we use in the future for water testing will provide satisfactory services.