Lead in Drinking Water
No lead data are included in the Tampa Water Department’s 2016 Water Quality report because lead was not present in finished water samples at reportable levels.
For lead, water samples are compared to an action level of 15 parts per billion. When less than 10 percent of the samples show lead concentrations exceeding that level, lead information is not included in the annual report.
Sampling results and other activities associated with Tampa’s implementation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act are monitored by the Hillsborough County Health Department. All data included in the annual report data tables are reviewed by the health department prior to publishing.
When lead is found in tap water, typically it is due to leaching from plumbing materials. If the drinking water in the pipes is too corrosive, it can cause lead to leach out of the plumbing materials into the water. Tampa does not have lead services lines in its water distribution system and we have a strong, proactive corrosion control program in place around the clock.
You can continue the lead protection provided by the Tampa Water Department by taking these extra steps if your home or business plumbing system contains lead piping or lead-soldered pipes:
- Use only water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula.
- Flush the tap for one to two minutes before using the water you plan for drinking or cooking.
- If a faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, flush your cold-water pipes by running the water for one to two minutes prior to use.
- Inspect the aerator on the end of the faucet and removing any debris such as metal particles.
- Do not use lead solder when making plumbing repairs.
- Have your water tested after any plumbing work.