The Altoona Water Authority (AWA) is a non-profit municipal authority providing public water supply and sanitary sewer service to almost 70,000 residents in Blair County. The AWA supplies public water service to approximately 23,000 customers. Additionally, the AWA provides "bulk" water to several smaller water utilities which distribute and re-sell to their direct customers. The AWA wastewater collection system serves almost 19,000 customers.
THE TRUTH BEHIND THE RUMORS OF LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER
Recently, there has been a lot of talk in the news about Flint, MI, specifically the significant amounts of lead in the city’s drinking water which left a town of 100,000 without access to clean water.
An online report on Vox.com had the headline “18 cities in Pennsylvania reported higher levels of lead exposure than Flint”. A bar graph contained in the story showed Altoona had the second highest level of lead exposure in Pennsylvania, leading the reader to believe that Altoona’s water is contaminated with lead.
It simply is NOT true.
If you read further down in the Vox article, there is a paragraph that states, “…The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the primary source for childhood lead poisoning in Pennsylvania is exposure to aging, deteriorating lead-based paint (chips and dust).” While it is sad that so many children in our community continue to be exposed to lead, it’s not through their drinking water.
Please know that, if you have drinking water supplied by the AWA, it has met and/or exceeded all state and federal requirements for safe drinking water. As always, our Consumer Confidence Report is available for viewing by clicking on the link provided in the paragraph below. We encourage all of our customers to read it and call with any questions or concerns.
The AWA's 2014 Consumer Confidence Report is now available. Click here to view this report.
AWA customers now have access to Home Repair Service Plans through HomeServe USA. To find out more about HomeServe click here.