Should I be concerned about lead?

The City tests for lead and copper at residences in the distribution system as mandated by FDEP. Lead and copper test results have been historically low for Oldsmar and as such the Department has granted reduced monitoring for our system. Lead can come from the plumbing components in your home depending on the age. You can minimize the potential of lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available at https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water.

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1. What is the hardness of the water?
2. Do I still need a water softener?
3. Should I be concerned about lead?