Residents may be contacted on Lead Survey

As part of the Monett Lead Inventory, the city contractor Byrne and Jones is beginning work to contact city water customers to inspect some service lines in the community.
Byrne and Jones will be contacting approximately 200 Monett water customers to conduct “pothole” inspections. These inspections will expose a portion of the service line and allow the contractor to identify the material that was used.
If residents receive a call from Byrne and Jones, they will be asked to grant permission to conduct the pothole inspection. Residents should be aware that the contractor is calling on behalf of the city.
If permission is granted, the contractor will conduct their work and return the property to its original state.
A federal mandate from the Environmental Protection Agency to replace all lead water service lines in the community has The City of Monett working towards identifying lead service lines throughout the city water system.
To conduct an inventory of the city’s water system, the City of Monett has contracted with Byrne & Jones Construction. Residents within the city limits received a door hanger this spring that includes a QR code directing them to the survey and providing some information regarding how and where to identify lead pipes.
The survey is a self-assessment that will help the contractor identify local needs. In the survey, community members will be asked to answer a few questions, including whether they are willing to allow the city or its contractor to inspect their service line material. Community members are also asked if they know if they have any lead service lines leading to their property.
In addition to receiving information compiled by residents on the survey, the contractor will be consulting construction records, building codes or ordinances, as-built drawings, record drawings, system maps, meter and service line replacement records and construction contracts to identify lead fixtures.
It is estimated that the city has 3,000 service lines that have yet to be verified as lead-free. However, the exact number of service lines requiring in-field verification will not be known until after the survey and records review is completed.
Community members are being asked to take a few minutes to fill out the survey by Friday, May 31. The survey may be found online at https://lead-safe-monett-byrnejonesconstr.hub.arcgis.com/
By completing the survey, residents can help reduce the amount of work the contractor will be required to complete before replacement of lead service lines can begin. The more information the city can glean from residents will mean more savings and a faster timeline for replacements.
Monett Public Works Superintendent Skip Schaller said that, while lead is a hazardous material, there is no cause for concern in Monett. He explained that aggressive and acidic water can erode lead fixtures, leading to contamination in the water. However, Schaller said Monett’s water does not contain the high acidity levels that can erode lead pipes and contaminate the water.
The city does regular sampling of the city’s water supply and lead levels are well within levels deemed acceptable by the EPA. For more information about the city’s water quality report at https://dnrservices.mo.gov/ccr/MO5010537.pdf.