Is lead a problem in my water?
When lead is found in drinking water, it most often is there from corrosion of household plumbing. On a periodic basis, the City conducts a survey of 30 households in Attleboro and tests their tap water for both lead and copper. The most recent survey was conducted in the summer of 2012. The results of the last survey indicate that all the samples tested below the action levels set by the EPA and the state. The action level is the concentration above which a further treatment or other requirement would need to be undertaken by the water system.

If you are concerned that your home may have plumbing components containing lead, there are ways to minimize your risk of exposure. If your water has been sitting in the pipes for a number of hours, always let the water run for at least one minute before drawing it for consumption. Alternatively, run the water until it is noticeably colder than when you started to be sure it is fresh.

Also, never use hot tap water for cooking. Always use fresh cold water and heat it as needed. Hot water from the tap may contain more lead.

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1. Who do I call for a water billing problem?
2. Why is my water bill going up?
3. How can I determine if I have a water leak?
4. How can I determine if my water meter is accurate?
5. Why is my water dirty sometimes?
6. Why is my water sometimes cloudy white?
7. Is my water safe to drink?
8. Is there bacteria in the water?
9. Should I have my water tested?
10. Is lead a problem in my water?
11. How much sodium is in my water?
12. Is my water hard or soft?
13. What chemicals are added to the water?
14. Why is fluoride added to the water?
15. What can I do to conserve water?