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From the Mayor’s Office

October 6, 2015

Lead and Copper Issues
Over the past 2 months, the Village Board has provided residents with information on lead and copper. After sampling 40 random homes throughout the Village, we determined that we were one part per billion higher than the EPA standards. What this means that, on average, some homes may test higher than EPA standards and some homes may have no lead issues at all. The reason some homes test higher is because older homes tend to have older plumbing with lead solder joints. Although lead solder that connects joints within homes has been banned, many homes still have lead solder joints. The water that we produce for Village residents is absolutely lead free. However, chemicals such as chlorine, which is required by law, creates harder and sometimes corrosive water.
The Village has since undergone a rigorous testing program throughout the entire distribution system. We have begun a Desktop study, which uses empirical data to show ways in which we can make our water less corrosive. Unfortunately, the only way to make our water less corrosive will required us to introduce additional chemicals or measures to prevent lead consumption by Village residents. The Department of Health has been made aware of this issue and has informed the Village that we have 2 years to fix the issue. Please rest assured that the Village has no intention to wait 2 years. We have been working diligently and cautiously to ensure that the issue is resolved as soon as possible.
If you would like information on how to test your home for lead and copper levels, please contact village hall at 477-9215. If you are concerned about possible lead in your water, some simple steps may help avoid exposure: always run the faucet for a couple of minutes before drinking or using for cooking. Never drink or cook with hot water from the faucet – to boil water start with cold water. If financially possible, consider upgrading the plumbing within your homes to lead free plumbing systems.

Events in the Village

● Dedication of Bob Langan Courts Oct. 10th at 11:00 a.m. at the basketball courts on Vine St.
● Assemblyman Karl Brabenec holding Mobile Office in Greenwood Lake Village Hall on October 15th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
● Village Board Workshop Oct. 19th at 6:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
● Village Board General Meeting Oct. 19th at 7:30 p.m. in the Courthouse
● GWL Coalition Meeting Oct. 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the Senior Center
● Medicine Pill / Food drop October 17th from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in the Police Station.

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