LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Federal data shows that Kentucky is maintaining safe levels of lead in drinking water as the crisis in Flint, Michigan, spotlights concerns with public water systems around the country.
But state officials and some water service providers have sent out reassurances to customers and pledged to take further action.
An Associated Press analysis of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency data found no public water systems that serve populations in Kentucky to be over the federal lead standard in their most recent samplings. But some systems had levels that approached the federal standard of 15 parts per billion. Fourteen water suppliers in Kentucky had recent readings at or above 10 parts per billion.
The state’s Division of Water has formed a work group to examine procedures and develop new safeguards against lead infiltration.