LEAD AND DRINKING WATER
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) oversees more than 6 million lead service lines in the United States, ensuring they are safe for America’s public water systems.
The City of Elyria follows all EPA mandates to treat and test our water to prevent lead from entering our water systems. These safety measures, along with the normal replacement of household water service lines, is lessening lead concerns over the course of time. However, according to the American Water Works Association, it will be 100 years before all lead could be removed from America’s water lines.
Lake Erie’s algae blooms are an annual threat to the health and drinking water of more than 11 million people. But they are completely preventable: algae blooms are caused by runoff pollution. This type of pollution occurs when rainfall washes fertilizer and manure spread on large farm fields into streams that flow into Lake Erie. This fuels a bumper crop of algae each year that can make water toxic to fish, wildlife, and people. Learn more here: https://greatlakes.org