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Posted on: November 23, 2021

Water Wisdom #28

Tuesday's Water Wisdom

For Immediate Release:  11-23-2021

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Keri Navratil


                                                                                          Tuesday’s Water Wisdom


Storm Lake Water Wisdom #28 brought to you this fine Tuesday from the City of Storm Lake involves Lead and Copper Rule – Part 1.


In the first of a three-part Water Wisdom series, we look at the efforts of the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate lead and copper in drinking water. In 1991, the EPA published the original Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) which applied to community water systems and non-transient non-community public water systems. The City of Storm Lake Water System falls under the definition of Community Water System since it serves more than 25 of the same people year-round in their residences.


The purpose of the Lead and Copper Rule is to protect public health by minimizing lead and copper levels in drinking water by reducing water corrosivity. The main way lead and copper enter drinking water is through corrosion of plumbing materials containing lead and copper. Exposure to lead can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys with young children and pregnant women being especially vulnerable. Copper exposure can cause stomach and intestinal distress, liver or kidney damage, and complications of Wilson’s Disease in genetically predisposed people.


The Lead and Copper Rule contains major monitoring requirements, public education provisions, and mandatory actions in the event a water system does encounter lead or copper samples in excess of rule requirements. In the second part of this series, the new Lead and Copper Rule Revisions will be examined, and in the third and final part specific actions required by the new rule will be covered. For more information on this topic, please visit:


More tips regarding voluntary water conservations measures and tips for reducing water consumption will follow each Tuesday.  Ensuring wise use of our water resources is in the best interest of the community.

Being Storm Lake Proud is not one day, one week, one month or one event.  Being Storm Lake Proud is a magnificent lifestyle!  More information about the City of Storm Lake can be found on the city’s website at 


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