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Some homeowners can help Cumming test for lead, copper in water - here's how
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If your house was built in the 1980s, the city of Cumming might want to talk to you.

Cumming Utilities is currently looking for owners of homes built between 1982 and 1988 for a water sampling project required under Environmental Protection Agency regulations to test for the presence of lead and copper.

Officials are looking for homes built in the six-year period because lead solder was used in joints of copper pipes and could leach into water that has been standing in pipes for more than six hours or in water systems that do not provide corrosion control, which the city has had since 1988.

For those that volunteer, Cumming Utilities will provide a sample bottle to collect cold water. Samples are typically taken in the morning or when returning from work.

Volunteers will need to fill out a form beforehand, and samples will be taken every six months to start with, then less frequently after that.

Those interested in taking part in the study can find more information at www.cummingutilities.com/lead-copper-testing.

Questions for Cumming Utilities staff can be sent to tombryson@cityofcumming.net or at 770-781-2026.