Lead in Sunrise Water: What You Need to Know
Recent news stories have highlighted lead problems in Flint Michigan's water supply. The reports focus on the dangerous health impacts to children and the general population. It is important to note that what happened in Flint cannot happen here. There are several key factors that led to the problems in Flint. First, Flint has a much larger percentage of older homes, many with galvanized and lead based plumbing. Second, they changed the source of water and forgot to check the corrosion effects of that new supply on those older homes. The new treatment process left the finished water in a state that was very aggressive to the old pipes and plumbing throughout the city. It literally began to eat its way into the old metal pipes and deposits - releasing large quantities of lead. It was a disaster and the residents of Flint have suffered unnecessarily.
Here at Sunrise, your water is not subject to these conditions. Our water comes from the Clackamas River and local wells - which for all practical purposes are free of lead. Our treatment process also ensures that our water does not dissolve your pipes. In addition, your pipes are generally a lot newer and do not contain the same level of lead as in Flint. Moreover, the US EPA banned the use of lead solder in residential plumbing in 1986 and has since set a new "lead free" standard for all plumbing fixtures (http://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100LVYK.tx). For 25 years, our water quality program has regularly tested for lead (along with other possible contaminants) and has found no evidence of any health risks from lead in your drinking water.
We're sorry for what happened to the residents of Flint but want you to know that your water is safe to drink at any time. It's our job to get it right and we take that responsibility very seriously. If you have any questions about the quality of your drinking water, please see the comprehensive report at www.sunrisewater.com/2016waterreport. You can also call us at any time with questions or concerns. We're here to help and make sure your water is as safe as possible.