Sandy lifts “no-drink order” after lead, copper found in water

Feb 15, 2019, 5:54 PM | Updated: Feb 17, 2019, 8:13 pm

Summit County Facebook posted a boil order for Kamas City this morning....

Summit County Facebook posted a boil order for Kamas City this morning.(Adobe Stock)

(Adobe Stock)

UPDATE 2/17 8:00 PM: Sandy City has lifted the “no-drink order” for 600 homes in the 1700 E to 2000 E and 10600 S to 11400 S neighborhood. Tests on 192 homes showed levels of lead and copper below safety standards.

UPDATE 2/17, 10:30 AM: Sandy City has lifted the “no-drink order” for part of the city potentially affected by high metal content in the water. The No Drink Order is lifted for the area between 700 East to 1700 East and 10600 South and 11400 South, encompassing approximately 2,200 homes.

Results from 17 samples taken around the area show that all levels of metals have returned to safe drinking levels. Additionally, samples taken at Altara Elementary, Sunrise Elementary and Alta High School showed no elevated levels of metals.

The area between 1700 East and 2000 East and 10600 South and 11400 South remains under a No Drink Order at this time.


SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Department of Environmental Quality has confirmed that Sandy’s drinking water has elevated levels of lead and copper.

The DEQ completed testing on the drinking water after a device that feeds fluoride into the water system failed during last week’s snowstorm. This is causing the chemical to eat away at the pipes. The department estimates about 450 residents are impacted.

Director of the Division of Drinking Water for Utah, Marie Owens, says they had been monitoring fluoride levels in the system.

“They took two lead and copper samples in their system while they were investigating the situation,” Owens said. “Those results came back and were given to us, the Division of Drinking Water, and those results came back quite high for lead and copper.”

The DEQ confirms this is only affecting Sandy and is not valley wide. The area affected in Sandy ranges north to south from 10600 S. to 11400 S., and east to west from 700 E. to 2000 E.

Sandy City believes the fluoride overfeed started on Tuesday. It has now flushed its system, which has returned to normal levels of fluoride. But Owens says it’s not clear how long the levels of copper and lead will be elevated.

This story will be updated.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.


Weight lifting for seniors is important to help with bone density....

Amanda Dickson

Why lifting weights is something seniors shouldn’t skip

Lifting weights is important for all ages, but especially for seniors who may be experiencing losses in bone density.

15 hours ago

Image of a mother nursing an infant. Intermountain Health is now offering lactation consultations v...

Britt Johnson

Telehealth lactation consultations now available in Utah

Intermountain's telehealth lactation consultations began during the pandemic, and have since proven a popular alternative.

2 days ago

Image of an Alaska Air flight taking off from Los Angeles International Airport. The FAA convened a...

Pete Muntean, CNN

FAA announces new pilot mental health committee

The issue of pilot mental health surfaced again in October when an off-duty pilot was charged with trying to crash an Alaska Airlines flight.

2 days ago

Social engagement is one habit that could help protect your brain as you age....

Kristen Rogers, CNN

What’s your Brain Care Score? The answer may indicate your dementia risk

A new tool named the Brain Care Score may help you asses risks of stroke and dementia while also advising how you can lower your risk.

3 days ago

Only a few weeks left to use FSA...

Andrew Gordon

Only a few weeks left to use FSA, here’s how an expert says to do it

There are still a few weeks left to use your healthcare Flexible Spending Account or FSA, and most employers have a grace period.

3 days ago

These photos of Legacy Village in St. George, Utah, show zero land dedicated to real grass. It incl...

Emma Penrod, Great Salt Lake Collaborative

Fixing the lake could pave the way to solving Utah’s mental health crisis

A more holistic approach to urban design may in fact transform our entire life for the better — particularly with respect to our mental health.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Sandy lifts “no-drink order” after lead, copper found in water