Wright & Associates
828 Beech Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49359
July 25th, 2015
Mr. Mike Jones
Village of Howard City
548 Shaw St.
Howard City, MI 49329
Dear Mr. Jones:
I am representing a group of citizens from the Village of Howard City concerning the lead levels in the drinking water supplied by the city’s municipal water system. I am writing you because we are here requiring some changes to the water system to lower the lead levels to the proper requirements and samples for testing to assure the village is adhering to the Federal Code of Regulations (C.F.R.).
We have had the water of your village tested and found that the lead levels are at 22 ppb (parts per billion) which is a very high and deadly level for any drinking water. Pursuant to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation 40 C.F.R. § 141.80 (2007) the levels should be zero, but at bare minimum can be no higher than 15 ppb. As you can see by our test results you are well above this level and are putting the lives of your citizens at risk.
We also studied the current village records and have discovered that your water supply system pipes have had multiple repairs and request samples of the lead solder and flux so we may test the lead levels. Federal Code of Regulations 40 C.F.R. § 141.43 (2000) states that “pipes, solder, and flux installed or used for repair after June 19th, 1986 must be lead free. Lead free meaning “solder and flux containing no more than 0.2 percent lead and pipes and fitting containing no more than 8.0 percent lead.” We would like to look at the present levels to see if they meet these requirements.
We understand that it is sometimes difficult to stay up with the regulations and the cost can be exorbitant, but just to let you know S. 864, 113th Cong. (2014) is currently moving through Congress that: “Amends the Safe Drinking Water Act to: (1) authorize appropriations to the Administrator of EPA
References: 40 C.F.R. § 141.43 (2000) retrieved from URL: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=086c5cde210edd52d2682442c54821e5&mc=true&node=se40.23.141_143&rgn=div8 40 C.F.R. § 141.80 (2007) retrieved from URL: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=086c5cde210edd52d2682442c54821e5&mc=true&node=se40.23.141_180&rgn=div8 S. 864, 113th Cong. (2014) retrieved from URL: https://www.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/senate-bill/864