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El Paso's water is safe to drink

Contrary to what you might hear in the news from other cities, drinking water is not a significant problem in El Paso. There is no lead in the source waters used for El Paso's drinking water, nor is there lead in the pipelines that carry water through the city or the service lines that lead into businesses and homes.

Lead seldom occurs naturally in lakes and rivers, and it is seldom present in water at treatment plants. Lead in drinking water is usually caused by corrosion in water distribution systems and in the lead plumbing fixtures and lead solder commonly used in older homes.

Very low levels
El Paso Water monitors lead levels at its water treatment plants, in the distribution system and in homes likely to have elevated lead levels. Past lead level testing at properties city wide have all yielded results significantly below the action level.

EPWater taps several sources for drinking water fresh and salty water from two underground aquifers and river water from the Rio Grande. Although there is no lead in the river water, EPWater adds phosphates to inhibit corrosion. This chemical creates a film in pipes that reduces the likelihood of lead leaching from lead plumbing systems. Water from the aquifers is not acidic, so corrosion inhibitors are not required.

Exceeding standards
The EPA regulates water quality and sets standards for public water systems. We take the quality of our drinking water very seriously, and we go above and beyond regulatory requirements to ensure our drinking water is safe.

Our team of dedicated laboratory professionals provides accurate, precise, analytical data that support plant operations and process controls. They test 45,000 samples and perform 220,000 analyses annually to ensure that EPWater's water is good and safe to drink.

While lead testing in schools is not required by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), El Paso Water proactively performs lead tests at area schools. We collaborate with local school district officials throughout the entire process.

To learn more about lead, visit the EPA website, or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800) 426-4791.