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Category Press Release
Publish Date 5/3/2017
Author Paul Cochrane
Title Water Tests Indicate High Levels of Lead and Copper at a Northern California County Correctional Center
Introduction EMSL Analytical, Inc. provides testing services, sampling supplies and test kits to identify a wide range of drinking water contaminants.

San Leandro, CA, May 3, 2017

Recently, The Sacramento Bee published an article about the results of water tests recently taken at a correctional center in Northern California. According to the article, high levels of both lead and copper were detected in water samples from the facility.

County health officials have advised the sheriff’s department to provide another source of drinking water until the issue is resolved. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) reportedly transferred over 130 detainees out of the facility.

Lead is rarely found in source water. When it is detected at elevated levels in drinking water, it is typically due to the toxic heavy metal leaching from plumbing materials from the affected building or from the water service line used to bring water from the main into the structure. Even at low levels, lead may cause a range of health effects, including behavioral problems and learning disabilities, high blood pressure, kidney problems and other issues.

Although absorbing small amounts of copper is essential for good health, exposure to high levels can be harmful. Ingesting high levels of copper can cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Very-high doses of copper can cause damage to the liver and kidneys, and could even cause death according to the Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ATSDR).

“The report of high levels of lead and copper found in this facility’s drinking water is a good reminder to everyone in California that a home or building’s pipes and plumbing materials can alter what is in the water that flows from their faucet,” said Joseph Frasca, Senior Vice President of Marketing at EMSL Analytical, Inc. “At EMSL Analytical, Inc., we answer people’s questions about what they are being exposed to in the water they use every day through comprehensive testing services. EMSL provides all of the sampling supplies necessary and even offers an easy-to-use Drinking Water Test Kit.”

EMSL also recently sponsored an educational video about lead in drinking water that can be seen at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MhhreaWOv8.

To learn more about lead, copper or other water and environmental testing services, please visit www.EMSL.com, email info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675. For access to the Drinking Water Test Kit, visit www.WaterTestKitEMSL.com.

About EMSL Analytical, Inc.

EMSL Analytical, Inc. is one of the leading testing laboratories with 40 locations throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for mold, bacteria, Legionella, USP <797>, pathogens, asbestos, lead, soot, char & ash from fires, VOC’s, odors, radon, formaldehyde, indoor air quality, microbiology, environmental, industrial hygiene, radiological, food, beverage & consumer products and material testing services for the identification of unknown substances. EMSL services both professionals and the general public. EMSL maintains an extensive list of accreditations from leading organizations as well as state and federal regulating bodies including, but not limited to A2LA, AIHA LAP, LLC. (AIHA EMLAP, AIHA IHLAP, AIHA ELLAP), NVLAP, CDC ELITE, CPSC, CA ELAP, NY ELAP, TX DOH, NJDEP and multiple other state accrediting agencies. Please visit our website at www.EMSL.com for a complete listing of accreditations.  In addition, EMSL carries a wide range of Sampling Equipment and Investigative Products for environmental professionals.

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