By Paul Schmitt
Results from recent routine testing of water in Sturgeon Bay found high levels of lead in several homes. Twenty homes tested in the city have lead lateral pipes that run from the main to the house. Some of those homes tested above the 15 parts per billion allowed by the EPA. The current lead lateral pipes are being replaced with copper piping, according to Sturgeon Bay Utilities Operations Manager Cliff White. All homeowners who had their water tested received letters of the lead level results. White says the city hopes to have all lead laterals replaced by next year.
White says older homes built prior to the1950’s are typically the ones with lead laterals. He says homeowners with lead laterals were sent letters by Sturgeon Bay Utilities back in 2016 offering to have their water tested. SBU is required to test every three years at 20 sites for lead content, according to White. Tested homes were on Georgia Street, Texas Street, Louisiana Street and Madison Avenue and Pine Streets on the west side. He says homeowners can take precautions by running water a couple minutes before using and to not use softened water for drinking or cooking. Home treatment devices that are certified for lead removal can be purchased as well.