San Marcos investigates elevated lead readings in water

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The City of San Marcos is looking into elevated lead readings found in water samples near the Hays County Government Center. The city began sampling water near the center in response to water quality problems reported in the building earlier this month.

They found lead readings above the EPA’s action levels in three of six samples taken on Sept. 4. Three days later, crews flushed the water system in the area. They took a new round of samples on Sept. 8, finding two of six readings above action levels. However, the elevated levels were at different sites than the initial tests.

SM water investigation“The water is in full compliance with state and federal regulations regarding lead in drinking water designed to ensure public health,” said Tom Taggart, executive director of public services for the City of San Marcos. “However, the city is working aggressively and methodically to determine the cause of the conflicting reports and elevated lead readings in the water distribution system and take corrective measures.”

Water distribution crews conducted two more rounds of tests Wednesday. The city has formed a task force to work on addressing the problem and hired a third party firm to help identify possible sources of lead.

“Our drinking water is of the utmost importance, and we take lead concerns very seriously,” San Marcos City Manager Jared Miller said. “We’re committed to identifying the source of these conflicting readings and make the proper corrections to help us continue to provide high-quality water to our customers.”

Past tests show no elevated lead levels in the city’s source water, nor do they show readings above action levels in home sampling sites.

The city will take residents’ questions about water quality Thursday from  8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can reach the call center at 512-393-8009. Click here for more information.

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