TREKK Design Group, LLC (TREKK) has started inspections of homes in Parsons for a service line inventory program to identify lead pipes in houses.
As of March 3, TREKK had visited 600 properties and finished about 250 water service evaluations, said Derek Clevenger, utilities director for Parsons. However, TREKK visited Parsons Wednesday and completed more evaluations, Clevenger told The Sun, so that number is likely higher.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring all cities across the country to check residential, commercial and industrial water systems for the presence of lead and copper by October 2024. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has provided funding assistance to Parsons.
Clevenger informed Parsons city commissioners about this requirement back in December. He said this requirement of cities is in response to the public water crisis in Flint, Michigan, as water in that city was contaminated with lead in 2014.
While lead, which is harmful when ingested, is not present in the city’s source water leaving the water treatment plant, it can enter water through lead pipes and internal plumbing, according to the city.
The city asks people to contact TREKK to schedule a free inspection appointment. Evaluations usually do not take longer than 30 minutes, city officials said.
For those renting homes, tenants should contact TREKK for an inspection, Clevenger said. If renters do not set up inspections, landlords can step in to get it scheduled.
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