South Bend offering water testing for lead, copper

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The City of South Bend Department of Public Works is offering residents free water testing for lead and copper.

Residents with homes built prior to 1986 are encouraged to participate in the department's sampling pool to test drinking water.

Testing kits will be dropped off and picked up from residents' homes. Tests take about five minutes to complete.

Water is lead-free when it leaves city treatment plants but can pick up lead particles in service lines or plumbing fixtures on its way to homes.

The city is asking residents to participate in the sampling in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Agency's Safe Drinking Water Act, which requires testing every three years.

Call 311 or email waterquality@southbendin.gov to request a free sampling kit.

Click here for a video explaining how to do the test.

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