New Hope Water Lines To Be Checked For Lead
The federal government is requiring every city in the nation to check its municipal water lines for lead.
“It’s important to make sure all residents have safe drinking water,” stated Matt Rowedder, Utilities Supervisor, New Hope.
Residents will be sent a notice from the city asking for a photo of the water line coming into their home.
“When they receive those mailers, just follow the directions,” said Rowedder. “If they have any questions, give us a call and we’re more than willing to assist… with locating their service line if they don’t know where [it] is.”
Rowedder expects a portion of residents will need help locating the water line, so he offers some advice on where to look.
“You’ll find the water line coming into the home underneath the water meter which will be in the basement,” explained Rowedder. “What I’ve been seeing in New Hope is all copper… coming up through the floor, then it will be your water meter.”
No Lead Detected So Far
Roweder says while the city is committed to following the Environmental Protection Agency’s lead inventory mandate, he does not foresee there to be any issues with lead in the city.
“I’ve seen no lead in any homes in the city of New Hope with inventory that we’ve conducted so far, so that’s a very good sign for the residents,” Rowedder said.
New Hope purchases its water from Minneapolis. Every three years, New Hope submits lead and copper samples to the state of Minnesota and so far all of those tests have come back clean.
To ask a question about the lead inventory mandate, you can email New Hope’s Public Works Department.
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