Crystal Spring Water in Adamstown hit with violation over lead in water

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ADAMSTOWN, Pa.–Crystal Spring Water has been issued a violation after the company failed to give proper notification after heightened lead levels were detected in their water back in Sept. 2015, according to a news release issued by the state Department of Environmental Protection..

Crystal Spring Water, sells water through vending machines in Adamstown, Berks County near the Lancaster County line.

In a routine test collected by the owner in Sept. 2015, the water sample showed the presence of lead at 16 parts per billion, which is above the maximum contaminant level of 5 parts per billion, according to a DEP news release.

Investigators say the owner failed to notify DEP within 24 hours of receiving the test results. Additionally, the company should have notified customers within 30 days about the potential lead hazards, but never did.

“If a public water supplier fails to give proper notice, DEP may perform this notification on its behalf,” said Lynn Langer, DEP South-central regional director. “Although this incident was not an emergency, customers have a right to know what happened regarding the elevated lead level.”

On Tuesday, DEP ordered Crystal Spring Water to take and report two water samples before reopening the facility.  Signs at Crystal Spring indicate the facility will be open weekends only beginning March 19.

In a Notice of Violation issued February 19, DEP asked the company to post a lead exceedance notice on their vending machines, and take and report the results of the two additional water samples. The company did not comply.

Infants and children who drink water containing lead in excess of the standard could experience delays in their physical or mental development, according to the agency. Adults who drink this water over many years could develop kidney problems or high blood pressure. Customers with specific health concerns should speak with their doctors.

DEP said in its release the violation does not apply to Crystal Spring Bottled Water, which is a unrelated company.

For a copy of DEP’s public notice click here.