Drinking Water Quality
Is my water safe?
The drinking water the City of Marysville provides to its customers meets all the requirements identified in the state and federal drinking water regulations. The City annually provides its customers with a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) that demonstrates that the laboratory results for the drinking water provided are well below the standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Is there lead in my drinking water?
Stories about lead-contaminated drinking water and the potential public health impacts have been receiving a lot of attention recently. The City’s Public Works Department always gives this topic a lot of attention. The City follows the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) requirements for testing as set out by the EPA. The City tests homes within its service area that are most susceptible to lead and copper releases on a 3-year schedule and those levels have all been significantly below the Maximum Contaminant Level (the highest level of a contaminant that can be in drinking water) as defined by EPA.
In wake of these recent stories, the City has reviewed its historical records related to drinking water and its service connections and have identified no records that indicate that leaded type service lines exist within the City’s service area. The City will continue its efforts in investigating areas where there are limited historical records as a means of assuring all efforts have been put forth to make public health and safety the City’s top priority.
Can the water at my home be tested for lead?
Yes, there can be plumbing components within some homes which can contribute to higher lead levels in your water.
The most common of these components are pipe, pipe fittings, solder, and individual fixtures (i.e. faucets). You can find additional information through the EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/your-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water
If you are concerned that your home’s plumbing is susceptible to lead release, you can contact a local lab to have your water tested. Laboratories accredited by the Department of Ecology can be found here: https://fortress.wa.gov/ecy/laboratorysearch/
Locally, Edge Analytical has two public bottle pickup and sample drop-off locations which you might find convenient. A list of these locations can be found here: https://www.edgeanalytical.com/environmental-laboratories-drop-off-washington
A typical cost to analyze a lead/copper sample is around $30 per sample.
What about chromium?
We've heard some concerns about chromium in response to a report released in September 2016 by the Environmental Working Group. The Department of Health has a webpage about chromium to provide you with information.