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RE: Copper and Lead in the Sewers

Call up the drinking water purification plant (The water district is very   
often separate and has nothing to do with the sewer district.) and ask   
them how they are doing on EPA's Lead and Copper Rule, part of the Safe   
Drinking Water Act.  The drinking water delivered to the community is   
often corrosive enough to leach the copper from the pipes and the lead in   
the lead solder of older fittings.  The lead and copper then show up at   
the sewer plant.
Peter T. Moulton
Division of Technical Services, Bureau of Remediation
State of Maine Department of Environmental Protection
State House Station #17
Augusta, ME  04333
tel. 207-287-8161   Fax. 207-287-7826
case (upper or lower) does not matter on email address

From:  Robert Pojasek[SMTP:rpojasek@sprynet.com]
Sent:  Wednesday, January 19, 2000 9:04 PM
To:  p2tech@great-lakes.net
Subject:  Copper and Lead in the Sewers

Has anyone done a survey of industries that may be present in a smaller
town (e.g., automobile repair) that may be responsible for elevating   
of copper and lead in a small sewage treatment plant discharge?  I know
that mercury, molybdenum, cadmium, silver and certain organics have been
tracked to specific source.  Is there a publication on sources for copper
and lead?  Thank you.


Dr. Robert B. Pojasek
Pojasek & Associates
P.O. Box 1333
E. Arlington, MA 02474-0071
(781) 641-2422
(617) 788-0288 (FAX)