City of Hillsboro Water Department (HWD) wants to help protect families from household lead exposure.
How does HWD Eliminate/Reduce Lead Exposure for Customers?
Community Lead Testing Program
Lead is a major health threat to children and pregnant women. If your home was built between 1970 and 1985, lead solder may have been used to join the pipes. Testing at the tap is the only way to know if the solder is leaching lead into your drinking water.
On July 1st, HWD began a community lead testing program for Hillsboro Water Department customers. The free program is offered to Hillsboro residents, childcare facilities (daycares), and nonprofit organizations who are current customers and located in Hillsboro Water Department's service area. The free testing program is not being offered to businesses, but Hillsboro Water can provide information on accredited laboratories to any commercial customers wanting to test their facilities.
Qualifying HWD customers may pick up a sampling kit at the Hillsboro Water Department Office located at the Hillsboro Civic Center, 150 E Main Street, Third Floor. Customers may pick up a new kit, or drop off their completed kits Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays. The Test Kits are free to eligible customers and include:
- Lead Testing Instructions and Submittal Form
- Large Sampling Bottle
- Small Sampling Bottle
- A printed list of the Steps you can take to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water (Also available below.)
Samples taken by customers and returned to the HWD office for testing will be shipped to an OHA-accredited laboratory. The Lab will perform the water analysis work and return the results to HWD. Staff will send the results to customers via email. If results show the customer's sample to exceed the recommended action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of 15 parts per billion (ppb), HWD staff will work with the customer on a re-sample and provide information to the customer on reducing lead exposure through drinking water. With the exception of re-samples for customers who exceed the 15 ppb action level, customers can only request free lead testing through HWD once every two years (24 months) from the date of the previous test.
Steps You Can Take in the Home to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water:
Statement of Liability:
HWD is providing free lead testing to qualifying customers as a community service. HWD has no responsibility or authority to enforce any action on the customer for reduction of lead exposure. The responsibility for identifying and implementing any actions needed to address lead levels detected at or above the action level at the customer's testing location rests solely with the customer.