Is there lead in my water?
Santa Fe Irrigation District has sampled selected sites in its distribution system as well as the treated water it receives from the Metropolitan Water District and the R. E. Badger Filtration Plant. Lead levels in collected samples have been very low and therefore comply with state and federal drinking water standards. Lead solder was banned in 1986. This change means that inside plumbing in newer houses and apartments should not have a lead problem. Santa Fe Irrigation District does not have lead connections in its water delivery system, and follows regulations that prevent lead from leaching into the water supply.

Lead may be an issue for customers with brass or bronze faucets, or for those living in older houses and apartments where lead solder was used in the plumbing system. Both brass and bronze contain lead, which can leach into water. Lead levels are highest when the tap is first turned on, as that water has the most contact with the faucet, pipe and fittings. Letting the water run for a few minutes will help flush any water that may have higher levels of lead.

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1. What is done to purify the water before it comes out of the tap?
2. Who is making sure that my water is safe and healthy to drink?
3. Who should I call if I have a problem with my tap water?
4. How do I treat water during an emergency?
5. How do I handle water emergencies?
6. How do I flush my household pipes?
7. Is there lead in my water?
8. Is there fluoride in my water?
9. Can pregnant women drink tap water?
10. Can people with HIV/AIDs or weakened immune systems drink tap water?
11. Do I need to purchase a home treatment device to make my tap water safe?
12. Should I boil my water?
13. Do I need a water softener?
14. Should I buy bottled water or water at vending machines or water stores?
15. Why does my water sometimes look dirty, cloudy or have a strange color?
16. Why does my water leave spots on my glasses, coffeepot and showerhead?
17. How can I find out what's in my water?