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Can Flint Michigan Happen Here? NO!

FORT PIERCE, FLA- January 21, 2016 –The lead contamination of Flint Michigan’s water has caused communities around the country to wonder- could it happen here?  Officials responsible for drinking water for the Fort Pierce area are blunt when talking about whether or not the water quality issues in Flint, Michigan, could happen here.

“Could it happen here? No, it couldn’t happen here,” said Tim Perkins, Director of Water/Wastewater Systems.

When the City of Flint began using water from the Flint River, it’s highly corrosive properties caused lead from pipes to leach into the water. Physicians found elevated lead levels in children.

“It’s not an issue that would happen in our back yard,” says Perkins. He stated that FPUA distribution piping system does not contain lead components.  The system is composed of PVC, ductile iron, cast iron, and galvanized steel.

“We utilize groundwater, which is a more stable water source and not subject to the fluctuations in water quality seen with surface water supplies.  FPUA’s water is treated to minimize corrosion of piping and plumbing systems and is monitored on a continuous basis. We annually sample 25 customer sites distributed throughout our water system to ensure lead and copper plumbing components were not being corroded and contaminating the customer water supply.”

In addition, the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation would require a utility to conduct an engineering study and do water quality testing prior to changing sources of supply.  This would ensure that an event such as Flint would not happen in Florida.

About FPUA:  Fort Pierce Utilities Authority is a municipal utility whose mission is “to provide our customers with economical, reliable and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.”  Fort Pierce is one of more than 2,000 communities in the United States served by a community-owned electric utility, and one of very few who also provide water, wastewater, natural gas, and Internet services.  Public utility systems are owned by the people they serve.  All benefits from our locally controlled utility remain right here in the community.  Additional information is available at www.fpua.com.