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Borough gets back on track with water testing

Hollidaysburg to decrease frequency of sampling for lead, copper levels

Frequency of lead and copper testing of Hollidaysburg’s water will move toward a standard amount from a state-mandated increase.

Borough Water Department Director Rick Pope said two lead and copper samples taken this year were below the prescribed limit by the state Department of Environmental Protection. Because the two samples were below the limit, the water department will now only be required to do annual testing for the next three years.

Pope said the water department collected a few samples in 2019 that were above the DEP’s allowed amount for lead and copper due to an “operating error.”

“We had a couple of bad samples that were a little bit high, and we found that the samples were taken from an outside spigot with old, stagnant water,” he said.

Pope said that samples should be taken from a spigot with frequent use and running water, like a kitchen or bathroom. But because the DEP would not drop the samples, the water department had to test more frequently in 2020. Sampling this year was done from the correct source, he said.

If each of those yearly samples are below the limit, monitoring will reduce to once every three years.

Mirror Staff Writer Dom Cuzzolina is at 946-7428.

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