CAMPBELL, Ohio (WYTV) – Officials in the city of Campbell announced Wednesday they have gone out of Ohio EPA guidelines and conducted a non-mandated test of the city’s water supply to affirm to residents that the drinking water in the city is safe.
The city was granted a reduced monitoring requirement in the early 1990s because of consistently low levels of lead in the water, according to a report from the Campbell Water Facility. Testing is mandated every three years.
The city’s next mandated test is not required until 2017, but in light of the growing concern over the current lead crisis, Mayor Nick Phillips , Director of Administration Jay Macejko, and workers with the Campbell Water Facility conducted a non-mandated test on Feb. 4.
Twenty locations were tested in the city, including samples taken from Campbell E&M School, Campbell High School, Tandy Retirement Home and Sycamore Place. Of the 20 samples taken, 16 were from locations known to have lead service lines or solder.
All tests came back with a result of 5 parts per billion, substantially below the 15 parts per billion action level set by the EPA.
According to the Campbell Water Facility report, chemicals have consistently been added at the facility to act as corrosion inhibitors and deposit a scale coating within the entire distribution system and plumbing. The coating prevents lead from leaching into drinking water, especially in older homes.