The City of McKinney takes the issue of lead in drinking water seriously and provides a source of drinking water that leaves the water treatment plant lead-free.
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The most common source of lead exposure is from paint. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. Although the main exposure to lead is by ingesting paint chips and inhaling dust, lead can also be found in household plumbing materials and some water service lines.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines high-risk homes as:
In 1986, Congress enacted the "lead ban," which stated that not only public water systems but also anyone else who intends to install or repair drinking water plumbing connected to a public water system must use "lead-free materials."
You can have your water tested for lead. Since you cannot see, taste, or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is the only sure way of telling whether there are harmful quantities of lead in your drinking water. A list of certified laboratories is available on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality website.
Annually, the city releases the Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) - Water Quality Report.
No. If you purchase a water filter or home treatment device, make sure it is independently certified for lead removal and that you maintain it properly. Find out more on filter certification at www.nsf.org.