Cape Coral testing for copper, lead in drinking water

Posted at 7:14 PM, Jul 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-06 19:14:45-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla., - The City of Cape Coral needs your help in making sure your drinking water is safe.

The city wants to test the public water system in 125 homes for lead and copper, two minerals that can sometimes find their way into tap water when pipes are corroded and in excess, can be harmful.

The City is sending flyers to their customers asking for volunteers to assist in water sampling.

"We want to make sure the water is safe for everyone," said Robert Woods, Chief Operator of Cape Coral Utilities Department Southwest Reverse Osmosis Plant. "We want to make sure that your water is not corrosive and that is not absorbing any of that piping material into the water," Woods said.

The city is looking for volunteers who live in homes with copper pipe to participate in the test. You are also encouraged to volunteer as a potential water sample provider if you have copper, brass, or bronze fittings or fixtures on your faucet.

The routine test is done every 3 years and is required by the Health Department.

"We've never had any problems with that in the City water," said Woods.

Woods says volunteering is free and participants will get a copy of the results of their home water test.

If you would like to participate, you can email Woods at or call 239-574-0759.