Lead Water Pipe Awareness


Update (10/17/2018) – The presentation made by the Greater Cincinnati Water Works is available for review or download here.

Update (10/4/2018) – The Village will hold two Town Hall meetings along with the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW), to address in-depth how to abate lead water pipes. The meetings will  be held in the Community Hall at the Municipal Building located at 6450 Wiehe Road on the following dates:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7 PM

Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2 PM

In order to help you determine if you have a lead water pipe issue, GCWW has created online resources to indicate if your property has been identified by GCWW as  possibly having a  lead water supply pipe. Free testing kits are also available through GCWW to analyze your water for any lead content. Please read the article below or visit the GCWW website here and enter your address for more information.

Here’s the proposed agenda:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of lead infrastructure nationally, where OH ranks, where Cincinnati ranks, and Golf Manor.
  • Historical facts about when lead was outlawed in OH/USA.
  • What is known about the hazardous effects of lead. Overview of the different ways to be
    exposed to lead. Our Town Hall presentation is narrowing the scope to lead pipes.
  • How to determine if you have lead pipes on private side. Public records, scratch test,
    street test
  • How to DIY for each.
  • How to obtain free assistance with testing.
  • What to do if you do have lead pipes.
  • Testing water. Water test kits available.
  • Getting blood test. Lead level blood test order forms available.
  • Getting pipes replaced
  • Questions & Answers Period

GOLF MANOR (7/8/2018) – Water mains installed throughout the Village are the property of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works (GCWW) along with the service connections that run from the water main to each individual property line. This is the “public” side of the water system and GCWW has the whole responsibility to maintain, repair and replace these portions of the water system when necessary.

Water service line sections from the property line into the home are the “private” side of the system where the property owner has the whole responsibility to maintain, repair and replace these portions of the water system when necessary.

In recent years, GCWW has determined that either side of the service line (public or private) may have been constructed with the use of lead, including brass fittings, faucets and solder used on the private side. GCWW treats the water to contain lead leaching from the minimal number of lead pipes in their system. As a result, lead contaminants are usually not a problem unless the water pipes made of lead are disturbed through construction or replacement.

The GCWW has developed a strategy and a program which has been in place for many years to reduce the risk of lead in drinking water. Residents can obtain a free water testing kit from GCWW to test their water to see if there is any lead contant. Lead test kits are available from GCWW by visiting here.

In the event that water mains are replaced or disturbed, GCWW is reponsible for replacing lead water pipes on the public side, while each property owner is responsible for replacing lead water pipes and other lead-containing components on the private side. At the current time, there are no planned water main projects scheduled for the Village and residents will be notified when and if a project is scheduled.

GCWW is now mobilizing its Lead Service Line Replacement Program (LSLRP), and work has begun to replace full lead service lines with copper as part of some scheduled water main replacement projects. Moving forward with the implementation of the LSLRP, the GCWW is asking its customers to identify the risk of lead in private service lines and home plumbing systems.  To assist its customers, the LSLRP has incorporated instructions on how to test a service line and report the results. More information can be found on the Greater Cincinnati Water Works Lead Awareness page: https://www.cincinnati-oh.gov/water/lead-information/

For your convenience, an interactive, searchable map of all properties of which GCWW has water pipe records has been provided here. With this map, you can determine what GCWW believes to be the status of both your public and private water pipes.

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