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Tap water in some Frederick homes have elevated lead levels

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Posted at 11:38 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 13:56:45-04

FREDERICK, Md. — The tap water of three homes in Frederick's White Rock community have elevated levels of lead.

Those levels were found out of twenty-three samples collected throughout August and September, meaning the problem isn't believed to be widespread.

Despite this, Frederick County is offering the remaining 95 households in the development, free water testing.

The County has been monitoring for lead in the White Rock System since 1993, and is currently testing every three years.

Before this year, testing was last completed in 2017.

Testing then revealed the 90th percentile for lead at 2 parts per billion (ppb), well below the action level of 15 ppb.

This year, the 90th percentile for lead was 16 ppb.

White Rock residents with questions can contact Kenneth Orndorff, Superintendent of Water Treatment and Distribution at 301-600-1825.

The Frederick County Health Department Lead and Asthma Program staff can be reached at 301-600-3326.