While a point-of-entry system is a whole-house water treatment solution, a point-of-use system treats only a portion of that water. Point-of-use systems filter water at the “point” where water is being used and is installed at a single water connection, typically under the sink in the kitchen or bathroom.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently issued regulations requiringall public water supply (PWS) systems to develop a Lead Service Line Inventory (LSU)of both water system owned and your privately owned service lines. Your PWS systemmust submit this inventory to the Kansas Department of Health andEnvironment (KDHE) by October 16, 2024.
Representatives of your water system may contact you in the near future to ask youto answer some questions such as the date your home was built or if you know whatmaterials were used in your home's plumbing and service line, among other questions.Please take the time to respond to their inquiries as this will help determine if you oryour family have a lead exposure risk. If you are unsure, your water system should beable to help identify materials. The goal is to remove all lead containing service lines toyour home.
Piping containing lead can become a potential health risk in drinking water. Some homes(typically built before 1988 in Kansas) may have lead service lines on the customer'sproperty that connect to your water system's main lines.
Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead in drinking waterand water used for fomiula because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur atlower exposure levels in children than in adults.
Additional infomiation on the Lead and Copper Rule and identifying lead pipes andplumbing can be found on the KDHE website.