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Lead Service Line Inventory

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The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset (MABS) is taking steps to identify the types of service line materials used by each of its customers. The service line is the pipe that connects your home or building to the water main in the street. Service lines may be made of lead, copper, galvanized metal or plastic. 

The U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revision requires us to identify all lead service lines by October 2024. Through our current waterline replacement project, we have begun to identify and replace existing lead service lines within the project’s scope. However, thousands are still unknown and we’re going to need your help to comply with this federal requirement. MABS is committed to providing safe and reliable water to all our consumers. We are updating our records and working towards a lead-free water supply system for our customers. A video with more information, provided by EPA, can be viewed by clicking the following link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6et78HZRquI

LEAD AND DRINKING WATER

MABS conducts routine testing to ensure that our water meets all state and federal water quality requirements. Lead is not detected in the drinking water when it is being distributed and there is no current concern at large in our system. 

Lead contaminations of drinking water is often the result of corrosion in the plumbing or water service belonging to the water customers. If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. 

Since lead exposure in drinking water typically comes from your plumbing fixtures and not the source of your water supply, it’s important for both public drinking water customers as well as private well water users to follow these tips to reduce your exposure to lead.

  • Run your water to flush out lead and copper for 15-30 seconds or until it becomes cold. 
  • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula. 
  • Do not boil water to remove lead or copper. 
  • Test your water for lead or copper. 
  • Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead.
 HELP US IDENTIFY SERVICE LINES

MABS will begin collecting customer side service line inventory. We will be verifying the type of water service line coming from the water main in the street to your home as well as your internal plumbing material. There are several ways you can assist with this process. 

We will begin sending out letters and personnel to start the process of gathering information for our records and to comply with DEP requirments. We are requesting that you let them into your home so that they can gather the necessary information. These employees will have identification badges; additionally, you can call the Borough to confirm the name of an employee. If you have any concerns or questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. 814-443-2661. 

In addition, you have the option to fill out the survey that is provided in the GIS Map with the collected information. In this map you can view the progress and fill out the survey to assist with the customer owned service line records. Please keep in mind that we may still need to request verification by means of our employees coming into your home. View ArcGIS Map  

 Increases in population, and commercial and industrial establishments, have increased the demand for upgraded water and sewer facilities, etc. Our water treatment plant can now produce two million gallons per day, with average daily pumping of 1.5 million gallons. Our sewage treatment plant has been expanded to twice its original capacity. We can now treat up to two million gallons of sewage a day and can accommodate up to five million during peak development in the Borough for years to come. 

FAQ

The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset is undertaking an Initial Service Line investigation to determine the type of plumbing material utilized for the water service lines connected to its system. This initial investigation program is a requirement of both the EPA and the Pennsylvania DEP.

You may email your questions to: leadandcopper@somersetborough.com or dial 814‐443‐2661.

  1. Will there be a fee to the property owner for this service? There is no fee for the Authority and/or its contractor to perform this investigation. 
  2. What is involved in this process? The Authority will utilize a hydro‐excavator to excavate (6 inch by 10 inch hole) down to the point where your water service line is exposed. We are required to confirm the materials in two (2) points along the exterior of your service line. 
  3. Who will repair the grass or yard areas where the holes have been excavated? Either the Authority or its contractor will make the yard repairs; this most likely will be done on a separate day from the investigation in order to repair multiple yards at a time. 
  4. Do you need to enter my home for any reason? Our investigation also requires us to investigate the interior home plumbing, where the water service line first enters your house. We will provide each property owner with instructions on how to determine the nature of your plumbing. We may still request to enter your house. All Authority staff assigned to this work carry identification badges; additionally, you may call the office at 814‐443‐2661 to confirm the name of an employee or verify that they are scheduled to be at your house. 
  5. Will I receive the results of the investigation for my property? The Authority will provide you with the outcome of their investigation of your water service line, if requested. It can also be viewed on the Borough’s website by opening up the ArcGIS map viewer
  6. Will I be contacted to schedule an appointment for this investigation? You will receive multiple notices in regards to when the work will be conducted in your neighborhood. You will be contacted to schedule the date for this work to occur. 
  7. Do I need to be home when you are doing the work in my yard? You do not need to be home when the investigation occurs at your property. 
  8. Why is The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Somerset doing this? The Authority is following the schedule and requirements established by the PA DEP and EPA. The U.S. EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revision requires to identify all lead service lines by October 2024.
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