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10/26/16: Akron Water System Updatel

This is a message from John Asmus, Village of Akron Chief Water Plant Operator:

Recently, the Akron Central School District posted an informative letter regarding lead levels detected in some of their taps in the school.

This excerpt below, from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), best summarizes how lead can get into tap water:

"Lead testing in water is a high priority.  Even so, lead can still be found in some metal water taps, interior water pipes, or pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street.  Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes.  When water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply."

The Akron Water System is on a reduced three (3) year monitoring schedule due to our low or non-detected lead levels.  We monitor 10 sites in the village, ranging in build dates from 1850 to 1982.  Government regulations set the maximum contaminant level for lead is 0.015 milligrams per liter (mg/l).  The Akron Water System's highest level detected in any of those sites in the last 12 years was 0.001 mg/l.  This is well below the maximum contaminant level, hence the reduced monitoring status we have.

Copies of these sample reports are available to the public.

If you have any questions, or to get a copy of sample results, please feel free to call the Akron Water Plant at 585-547-9410 or

Thank you.