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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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The City of Oldsmar water is much softer than water that was previously purchased from Pinellas County. Hardness levels range between 30-60 milligrams per liter (mg/L) or parts per million (ppm). This is equivalent to 2-4 grains per gallon (gpg).
Having a water softener is a personal preference and is up to the individual. You may need to adjust your current water softener to the current hardness levels.