Water Sample Test Results

The following table provides information of twenty (20) Port water sample tap locations, sample date, and the lead content results in parts per billion (ppb).

 Location Sample
Per Billion
 4300 SE 18th Ave., Crowley Admin Bldg.
 Water Fountain, next to Eye Wash Station
6/16/2020   0.29
 2000 Eller Dr., Linehandler's Office
 Men's Bathroom Sink
    6/16/2020 0.29
 1800 SE 20th Street, Terminal 4
 1st Floor, Water Fountain
6/16/2020 0.29
 1800 SE 20th Street, Terminal 4
 2nd Floor, Water Fountain
6/16/2020 0.29
 2851 SE 14th Ave., Eagle Transport Bldg.
 Men's Bathroom Sink
6/16/2020 0.29
 1200 SE 28th Street, Motiva Enterprises Warehouse
 Water Fountain
6/16/2020 0.29
 2101 Eisenhower Blvd., Port Everglades Public Works Bldg.
 Men's Bathroom - Left Sink
6/16/2020 0.66
 4500 SE 20th Ave., Crowley Marine Operations Bldg
 2nd Floor, Men's Bathroom Shower
6/16/2020 0.75
 3510 SE 19th Ave., Linehandler's Office
 Women's bathroom sink
6/16/2020 0.78
 1150 SE 24th Street, Exxon Mobil Bldg.
 1st Floor Kitchen Sink
6/16/2020 1.30
 2101 Eisenhower Blvd., Port Everglades Public Works Bldg.
 Women's Bathroom - Left Sink
6/16/2020 1.50
 3400 McIntosh Rd., Foreign Trade Zone Bld.g A
 SW Corner of Bldg. Right Men's Bathroom Sink
6/16/2020 1.70
 1800 Eller Dr.
 5th Floor Water Fountain
6/16/2020 2.80
 4300 McIntosh Rd., Crowley Admin Bldg.
 2nd floor, Janitor Closet Faucet
6/16/2020 4.90
 3141 SE 14th Ave., Port Consolidated Bldg.
 Kitchen Sink
6/16/2020 5.10
 4300 McIntosh Rd., Crowley Admin Bldg.
 1st floor, Janitor Closet Faucet
6/16/2020 6.90
 1850 Eller Dr., Port Everglades Administration Bldg.
 5th Floor, Men's Bathroom - Left Sink
6/16/2020 12.0
 1800 Eller Dr.
 5th Floor Kitchen Sink
6/16/2020 41.0
 3205 SE 19th Ave.
 Cold Storage Bldg. - Bathroom Sink
6/16/2020 42.0
 2600 Eisenhower Blvd., Lehigh Cement Warehouse
 2nd Floor Kitchen Sink, 2nd room on left
6/16/2020 140

As seen in the table, the results of the samples collected at the last three addresses are greater than the lead action level and the 90th percentile value (41 ppb) for our water system is also greater than the lead action level of 15 ppb.

What Does This Mean?

Under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the action level for lead in drinking water at 15 ppb. This means utilities must ensure that water from the taps used for human consumption does not exceed this level in at least 90 percent of the sites sampled (90th percentile value). The action level is the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a water system must follow. If water from the tap does exceed this limit, then the utility must take certain steps to correct the problem. Because lead may pose serious health risks, the EPA set a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) of zero for lead. The MCLG is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

The Port takes a number of steps to address lead content and correct lead action level exceedances. Sampling for lead is conducted every six months so the lead levels in the water system can be closely monitored. A Public Education campaign is underway to ensure that people who drink water in Port Everglades facilities know about the action level exceedances, understand the health effects of lead, are familiar with the sources of lead and actions they can take to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water. The Port monitors its source water, has initiated corrective measures and controls to reduce the lead content and the corrosivity of its drinking water (corrosive water can cause lead to leach from plumbing materials that contain lead).