“EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child's blood. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children.” The most common source of lead contamination in drinking water occurs due to corrosion of lead-containing faucets, and some solders, fittings, connectors, and pipes within a building’s plumbing system. This corrosion occurs when the water has low pH or is acidic, and/or when the water has a low mineral content. Copper was also commonly used in plumbing systems and is also susceptible to corrosion. You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in water. The EPA set the Maximum Contaminant Level in Public Water Systems for lead at 15 parts per billion (µg/L) and copper at 1,300 parts per billion (µg/L).
The SCPH laboratory staff can provide sampling, water analysis and completion of reports, as required for public water system compliance, including electronic EPA reporting. All samples submitted to the SCPH Laboratory must be accompanied by a completed Sample Submission Report (SSR) form and the chain of custody. For questions or to get a quote for testing services please contact the SCPH laboratory manager at (330) 926-5600 weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
SCPH Laboratory offers the following testing services to support local school systems in achieving healthy drinking water:
|Analysis Requested||EPA Method||Sample Size / Container||Sampling Procedure||Fee|
|Coliforms / E.coli*||9223-B||100mL P/Sterile||Download the procedure||$25|
|Nitrate||353.2||125mL P/G||Download the procedure||$25|
|Nitrite||353.2||125mL P/G||Download the procedure||$35|
|Arsenic||200.9||125mL P/G||Download the procedure||$25**|
|Lead||200.9||1L P/G||Download the procedure||$25|
|Copper||200.9||1L P/G||Download the procedure||$25|
- Microbiological Sample Submission Report (SSR) Form
- Chemical Sample Submission Report (SSR) Form
- SCPH Chain of Custody (COC) Form
Samples submitted must have a purchase order number or be accompanied by a check, made payable to Summit County Public Health. Other forms of payment can be arranged, but must be approved by the lab manager before samples are brought in for testing. Standard turnaround time is 10 business days, excluding holidays. If RUSH turnaround time is desired you must get prior approval by the lab manager for availability. Please note approved RUSH turnaround time requests on the chain of custody form. Samples received after 10 am will be considered received the following business day.
- U.S. EPA - 3 T's for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit
- Ohio EPA - Drinking Water in Schools & Daycare Facilities