Newburg to conduct copper and lead tests this month

NEWBURG — Newburg will be conducting copper and lead tests this month, according to water plant manager Steve Moran.

Moran said the state mandates test samples be done on 10 locations that have copper water pipes. He said the tests must be completed by the end of July.

Charlotte Johnson, area specialist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently inspected Newburg’s water and sewer systems.

“She said this is one of be better systems she had see,” Moran said.

Newburg Mayor Edgar Fortney said Johnson indicated there is loan money and grant money available for water projects.

“I contacted Sheena (Hunt, executive direactor of the Region VI Planning and Developmet Council), and ask her to get an application and send it in,” he said.

Newburg has worked toward providing water to the neighboring unincorporated community of Independence since 2008.

At a previous meeting, Fortney said the current project would allow them to take the water line as far as the Independence School and provide water to about 22 homes. This is less than half of the 70 customers who signed up for service.

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