Lead found in some drinking water in Dukeville area of Rowan County, county eyeing fix

Virtual meeting to be held on Thursday

Lead found in some drinking water in Dukeville area of Rowan County, county eyeing fix
Commissioners have called a meeting for Thursday to discuss the issue. (Source: David Whisenant-WBTV)

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - Water in some homes in the Dukeville area of Rowan County contains lead, according to recently completed tests. The county did the testing after 162 meters were connected to serve 450 people on to the new water line that was placed in the area to replace the well water that residents had been using.

“Your water may contain lead and copper,” said a letter sent to homeowners in June. The Northeast Rowan County Water System found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes and buildings. The letter pointed out that lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.

Testing of the water in ten homes showed lead present in three of the ten. In another test of seven customers, one was found to contain lead.

The engineering firm and the county have concluded that the source of the lead in the water is from the customer’s private service lines and internal plumbing. County Manager Aaron Church said that the county is committed to providing clean, safe water. The county has been looking into several options to fix the problem.

Commissioners have scheduled a meeting for Thursday to discuss signing a contract with 120Water to provide 162 POU (point of use) devices and filters for residents of the Dukeville area. The devices are Brita Pitchers and filter cartridges. 120Water would also send a lead and copper sample kit with “detailed instructions on how to conduct tests and with a pre-paid delivery packet for the customer to mail for lab analysis.”

Church is encouraging Dukeville residents to be informed about the possibility of lead and copper in their water, and is encouraging them to conduct testing of their water when the kits are available.

In the meantime, Church says, residents on the new water line in Dukeville should turn on the tap and let cold water run for three minutes before use, and to clean the faucet’s screen.

If approved, the contract would cost the county $37,067.

Commissioners will also receive a presentation from Hazen Engineers on long term solutions for the lead issue.

The meeting will be held virtually in accordance with COVID-19 protocols. You may click the link below to join the webinar:

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By telephone:




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