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June 15, 2014

Pryor water tests negative for lead

PRYOR, OK — The result of the 40-home lead and and copper study have come back clean.

“According to Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, the 90th percentile tested at a copper level of 0.611 mg/l, which is safetly below the 1.3 mg/l threshold value which would require consideration for mitigation,” said Steve Powell of Mehlburger Brawley.

Forty Pryor residence were chosen to participate in a multi-part water test per ODEQ standards.

“We passed with flying colors. Out of the 40 tested none were anywhere near the 1.3 threshold. There was no detectable level oflead in the water,” said Powell. “The test will be done again in the fall, if we do well then we can petition to do this costly test only once a year. If we continue doing well then we can petition to do it every three years.”

MUB general manager Gary Pruett said the department received a discounted rate of $40 per test. This round of testing cost $1,600 not counting hourly pay for crews conducting the test and engineering fees for those overseeing the tests.

“Homes plumbed before the 50’s used galvanized pipes, after that plumbers switched to copper pipes,” said Pruett, in explination of where trace amounts of copper can come from, “Many fixtures, like sink faucets, are brass.”

“If water is corrosive, which Pryor’s is not, it can leach copper from fixtures and pipes. That’s what they’re testing for essentially,” said Pruett.

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