What went wrong with the water in Flint, Michigan in 2014 and 2015?
To start, Flint’s water system has many service connections that are made entirely out of lead, which is common among water systems in the eastern U.S. Service connections are the pipes that connect homes to the distribution mains of the water system.

Flint changed water sources in 2014, moving from a Detroit regional water system that provided fully treated water from Lake Huron to a local water supply from the Flint River. The chemistry in the water from the Flint River was much more corrosive than the treated Lake Huron water from Detroit. Without appropriate corrosion control treatment, the water quickly began to dissolve metals such as iron and lead from pipes and fixtures into the drinking water. As a result, the quality of the drinking water provided to customers was significantly impacted. In some cases, lead concentrations were found to be many times higher than drinking water regulations allow. Please call 253-841-5505 for more information.

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1. How does lead get into people’s drinking water?
2. How do high levels of lead in the water affect people?
3. What went wrong with the water in Flint, Michigan in 2014 and 2015?
4. How does Puyallup Water help prevent lead from getting into people’s drinking water?
5. What is Puyallup Water’s process for testing for lead and who sets the rules for that?
6. When did Puyallup Water start testing for lead and why?
7. How does Puyallup Water report lead findings to customers?
8. Who regulates our water supply?
9. Are those regulations protective enough?
10. Who oversees trends in our area’s public health or has access to track lead levels in children in our area? What are they reporting?
11. Are there inherent differences between Flint’s water supply and Puyallup’s water supply?
12. If I’m concerned about lead in my water, what can I do?
13. What homes are at high risk of having lead contamination through the pipes?