Keokuk Municipal 
        Waterworks
                   Est. 1938

  

 
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 Keokuk Waterworks Takes Preventative Measures Against Lead


Keokuk Municipal Waterworks is paying close attention to what unfolded in Flint, Michigan, and our thoughts are with all those who are struggling without access to safe and reliable water in their homes. In North America, no one should have to question the safety of water at the tap.


Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes. Lead enters the drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion or wearing away of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and household plumbing.  These materials include lead based solder, brass and chrome plated brass faucets and lead pipes.  Lead is a metal that is found in natural deposits.  The greatest exposure to lead is from swallowing paint chips containing lead or breathing in lead paint dust.  Older homes may also have lead service lines on the customer's property that connect to Keokuk Waterworks main lines. 


Keokuk Waterworks treats the water with a phosphate chemical additive to minimize lead from leaching from plumbing fixtures and solder. Phosphates help reduce lead and copper levels by minimizing corrosion, scale, and forming a barrier in the distribution system. “Ortho” or “Poly” phosphates, used either alone or blended together are able to stabilize water quality and minimize color, scale, deposits, and corrosion in drinking water systems. To reduce possible lead exposure, flush your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes and use cold water for drinking and cooking purposes.  Please contact Keokuk Municipal Waterworks if you suspect lead in your tap at 524-5285 or contact State Hygienic Laboratory at 515-725-1600 for home lead test.


For more information


EPA Regulation on Lead and Copper: http://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-and-copper-rule


Keokuk Consumer Confidence Report: https://keokukmunicipalwaterworks.wildapricot.org/Consumer-Confidence-Report-(CCR)




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PREVENT FROZEN PIPES AND METERS DURING THE WINTER MONTHS!

 

How to suggestions from the Keokuk Municipal Waterworks:

 
*Be sure all water pipes that are exposed to the cold are insulted or heat taped. Included are: outside pipes, pipes in unheated garages, as well as, pipes in unheated basements. 

*Close off crawl-spaces, repair cracked or broken basement windows, stop-up openings around basement. Weather strip and caulk basement doors and windows, windows and doors should all close tightly. 
 
*Insulate Meters
 
Tips suggested by: Keokuk Municipal Waterworks

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20 N. 4th St. P.O. Box 10

Keokuk, IA  

52632

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