Greater Augusta Utility District Reports Excellent Results in State Drinking Water Quality Tests

Augusta, ME – People in Maine and throughout the country are understandably concerned about lead in their drinking water. Recent news reports stating that Maine had a high level of “exceedances” of lead standards may have heightened these concerns, but the Greater Augusta Utility District (GAUD) is proud to report that its drinking water supply has lead levels far below the safe minimum, based on independent test results.

The vast majority of lead problems in Maine discussed in recent news reports were a result of lead entering tap water through private plumbing systems, not from municipal systems. GAUD’s water quality reports show that the level of lead in both 2014 & 2015 measured at 3.7 parts per billion (ppb), which is 75% below the 15 pb “Action Level”—the minimum level at which there is a health concern requiring mitigation.

GAUD’s water quality reports also show that all other contaminants are well below any levels of health concern. Monthly test reports and the just released 2015 Annual Drinking Water Quality Report are available at

“At GAUD, delivering clean, safe and plentiful drinking water is always our top priority,” said Brian Tarbuck, General Manager at GAUD. “Given the possibility of lead entering tap water from private-property plumbing, we encourage our customers—and residents with private wells—to have their water tested for lead. This can be done quickly and inexpensively through local laboratory testing services.”

For more information, please contact Brian Tarbuck at (207) 622-3701, or email

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