Lead in Drinking Water: Updating Town Records & Removing Lead Pipe

Contents:
Lead Pipe in Bennington
What is a Service Line?
Reviewing Lead Service Line Records & Developing a Replacement Program
My Home or Business Has a Lead Service Line
The Map Says My Home or Business Has a Lead Service Line, But It Was Replaced
Lead Service Line Records Web Map
Submit an Update
Getting Your Home or Business Inspected For Lead


Lead Pipe in Bennington

The Town of Bennington Water Department is performing a comprehensive review of water service line records to identify lead service lines and develop a replacement program.

Bennington’s water mains are lead-free. But, many of the original lead service lines connecting individual homes and businesses still exist.

Regular testing of the Bennington water system has shown that lead levels continue to remain below thresholds at which Federal EPA and Vermont State Drinking Water standards require action. However, due to recent incidences in other communities across the country, it has become a federal, state and local goal to eliminate all public and private lead service lines from the water system.

IMPORTANT: Having a lead water line does not necessarily mean your water is contaminated or that you are at risk of lead poisoning. The Bennington Water Department treats the water supply, using a federally approved process, to significantly reduce the possibility of contamination.

If you believe your home or business has a lead service line, please call the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9719 or email Linda Bermudez at lbermudez@benningtonvt.org to request an inspection and begin exploring replacement options.

If you would like to learn more or to find out information about your home or business, please review the information and web-map bellow.

What is a Service Line?

A service line is the pipe that runs from a public water main to a private residence or business. Service lines have two sections. The first section runs from the public water main to a shutoff valve at the edge of the private property. This “town side” is owned and maintained by the Water Department. A second section of pipe runs from this shutoff valve to the building itself. This “customer side” is owned and maintained by the property owner.

Up until the mid-1900’s, many new service lines were made of lead. These pipes have been strongly linked to lead in drinking water and lead poisoning of various degrees.
The last recorded lead service line installation in Bennington was in 1929, but many are still in use. New lead service lines were banned nationwide in 1986.

Helpful information on lead in drinking water can be found on the VT Department of Health website: www.healthvermont.gov/drinking-water/lead


Reviewing Lead Service Line Records & Developing A Replacement Program:

The Town of Bennington has detailed records of most service line installations up to the year 1983. This includes lead service lines, the last of which was installed in 1929.

Unfortunately, detailed information on service line installations does not exist from 1983-present. This means any lead lines replaced during that time are still listed as lead. We expect that as many as 50% of lines listed as lead have already been replaced. The Town of Bennington requests your assistance in updating this information as soon as possible.

Per EPA instructions, the town has developed a web-map of lead in Bennington. Explore the map or enter your address to see information on your home or business.

My Home Or Business Has a Lead Service Line

The Town of Bennington is developing a replacement program for homes that still have lead service lines. Property owners listed as having lead pipes have been contacted directly by the Bennington Water Department, but we have received a low response rate.
If you believe that any portion of the service line to your home or business contains lead, your health could be at risk. Please call the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9719 or email Linda Bermudez at lbermudez@benningtonvt.org to request an inspection and begin exploring replacement options.

The Map Says My Home Or Business Has a Lead Service Line, But It Was Replaced:

If the service line to your home or business used to contain lead and has since been replaced, but the map still shows it to be lead, please enter your information into the form below the map. The town will update this information as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may call the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9719.

On mobile devices follow this link to see the map. https://benningtonrpc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/View/index.html?appid=78b148c528c346c696041e6386f490c0


Submit An Update

If you see information in the web map about your home or business and notice that it is unknown, incorrect or out of date, please fill out the form below so the town can update this information as soon as possible.

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Getting Your Home Or Business Inspected For Lead

If you believe that any portion of the service line to your home or business contains lead, please call the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9719 or email Linda Bermudez at lbermudez@benningtonvt.org. With your consent, the town will send a representative to conduct a brief inspection of the internal plumbing in your home or business and to sample the water. The inspection will take approximately 30 minutes, and the engineer will require access to the basement to observe the line itself.

The inspection and sampling performed will not affect your water quality or supply and comes at no cost to you. You will receive a copy of the results of your lead test as soon as they are available.

If you see your home or business listed in the map as having lead but you know the line has been replaced, please enter your information into the form beneath the web map. The town will update this information as soon as possible. Alternatively, you may call the Bennington Town Offices at (802) 447-9719.