Non-Detections Reported in Latest Lead Analysis

Fayetteville PWC has successfully completed the latest round of lead and copper analysis. PWC achieved “non-detections” in all of its lead samples and only five small detections in a copper sampling.

Since 1991, PWC has participated in the lead and copper sampling program as required by the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). As a result, PWC implemented a corrosion control program to stop lead from the pipes and fixtures from entering the water system. This corrosion control program has been successful in that all of PWC’s samples are non-detect or well below the EPA mandated thresholds for lead in drinking water.

In 1997, PWC obtained reduced monitoring based on three years of sampling data that indicated our corrosion control program was effective and our system followed the requirements of the SDWA pertaining to lead and copper. Since that time, PWC tests a minimum of 50 locations once every three years. Additionally, PWC collects tap water samples for customers on a requested basis.

The critical nature of water treatment cannot be overstated, and the significance of ensuring the safety of our water supply is a task PWC always treats with the utmost care. We appreciate the diligence of our staff in performing these analyses that directly contributes to the wellbeing of the community we serve.

PWC’s drinking water is safe and meets or surpasses all EPA drinking water standards. PWC was the first utility in North Carolina to earn the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director’s Award for our extra efforts in providing clean, safe drinking water and has maintained that prestigious recognition for 20 consecutive years.

PWC is continuing its proactive measures to protect customers from lead exposure by conducting an inventory of all water service lines maintained by PWC as well as service lines connected to PWC lines. In 2022, PWC began a water system improvement project – Operation Clean & Clear – that will identify all water service lines in our distribution system and determine whether homes and businesses have any lead lines.