Vance County commissioners and staff recently became aware of a couple of elevated lead values in water samples in the Vance County Water District, Phase 1A.
The two locations – one on Warrenton Road and one on Vicksboro Road – showed twice the allowable levels of lead at .030 MG/L. The threshold is .015 MG/L.
At the time, Vance County Manager Renee Perry said that, in addition to informing the public in a variety of ways about the levels, Envirolink – the county’s contracted water department – would perform more sampling to determine the source of the lead.
Perry followed up with additional information to WIZS stating that the Vance County Water District has collected a total of 70 lead/copper samples in phase one since 2014.. During that period only three samples have exceeded the DEQ’s allowable limit – one in 2020 and two this year.
Actually, it took three months for the Department of Environmental Quality to notify the County, and, in general, the questions that have arisen have been numerous.
The Vance County Water District was designed and built without lead components. And only two samples exceeded the allowable threshold.
According to Perry, the elevated samples appear isolated and not a system-wide problem.
“This is typically an indicator of resident plumbing due to the isolated results and age of the VCWD system. DEQ has requested testing of the phase one entry point which is scheduled for (this) week. Once the results of this test are received DEQ should provide additional guidance.”