How is my water tested for lead?

To monitor lead levels, the Reading Water Department tests tap water in homes. But not just any homes. Under EPA regulations, homes that are likely to have high lead levels are usually older homes which may have had lead service lines or lead solder - must be tested at first flush after water has been sitting overnight. The EPA rule requires that 90% of these worst-case samples must have lead levels below the Action Level of 15 ppb.

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1. Does the Town test the water?
2. Does the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) water contain lead?
3. Is drinking water the main source of lead exposure?
4. How is my water tested for lead?
5. What are the results? What levels have been found?
6. What can I do to reduce exposure to lead?
7. Should I buy a water filtration system or bottled water?
8. How do I get information about lead in my drinking water?
9. Who can I contact if I have questions about the specific water treatment techniques used in my community or if I have questions about the test results presented on this report?
10. Who can I contact if I have questions about government regulations of drinking water supplies or water quality in general?
11. I have a home water treatment system (or am interested in purchasing one). Where can I go for independent information on these products?
12. I use a filter in my home and I have to change it more frequently than the manufacturer specifications. Why is this?
13. Where can I learn more about the Water System?
14. Where can I read more Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Drinking Water?
15. Where can I see water quality test results?