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Water Treatment Division
 
Phone:  330-678-8105

 

 

The Water Treatment  Division of the Public Service Department is responsible for the supply, filtration, pumping and storage of potable water for the City of Kent.

The City's water plant treats more than two million gallons of water per day (MGD), and has a capacity of six million gallons of water (6 MGD) daily.

City of Kent Water Supply

Water Treatment Plant Testing History

Lead in Drinking Water

 

The City of Kent has a long standing history of providing high quality water to its customers while at the same time meeting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates for safe water. Specific to lead, the City testing dates back to 1988 when the City first was required by the EPA to look for lead in its water supply. The initial mandated EPA testing was every six months.

 

On July 21, 1993 the City was informed by letter from the Ohio EPA that it was recognized for the submission of two consecutive six month monitoring periods for lead and copper with results not exceeding Action Levels. In the letter, the City was informed of new monitoring requirements, including testing 30 sample points located throughout the City for lead and copper every three years. The City has had no samples exceed the Action Level for lead or copper since the inception of this program and we continue to adhere to the Ohio EPA testing requirements.

 

In the City of Kent 2007 Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) the Ohio EPA mandated that we add the following language:

 

"If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. The City of Kent is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using the water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http:/www.epa.gov/safewater/lead".

 

In the 2008 CCR the City began publishing lead results as required and has continued to do so in succeeding years. The results for lead in a public water supply are reported in parts per billion as shown below for the last three required Ohio EPA reporting periods.

 

City of Kent Lead Testing Results

 

Consumer Confidence Report Action Level Level Found
2008 15 <5.0
2011 15 <5.0
2014 15 <5.0

 

The City of Kent is proud to report that it has never exceeded the Action Level of 15 parts per billion of lead as we continue to monitor 30 sites in our water system every three years as required. Our last lead and copper testing was conducted in 2014 the next round of sampling will be in 2017.

 

In addition to testing required tri-annually for the CCRs the City also partners with the Ohio EPA as part of their Ambient Ground Water Quality Monitoring Program. The latest results for lead from the Ohio EPA shows ND (Non-Detect) with reporting limits of 2 ug/L. This equates to our potable water supply having at minimum less than 2 ppb lead, again below Action Limits.

 

Questions regarding water quality in the City of Kent can be directed to the Service Director at 330-678-8105.

To view the Consumer Confidence Report for a specific year, please click on the year below:

2009 CCR 2010 CCR
2011 CCR 2012 CCR
2013 CCR 2014 CCR

A map depicting the thirty sites that are monitored for lead and copper testing is available by clicking HERE.