No concern of lead in BG water

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Even in today’s time of modern technology, toxins in water supplies are still a concern.

Speaking to the Water Treatment and Wastewater Systems Manager at Bowling Green Municipal Utilities, News 40 was told there was no lead issue within city limits.

Mike Gardner, the man responsible for overseeing treatment of the city’s water, said that BGMU has a few different kinds of pipes in the ground but shouldn’t be alarming to the public. Bowling Green’s water system dates back to the late 1880s and since they, technology has come a long way, and of course BGMU has changed with the times.

Gardner said pipes have gone from lead to galvanized cast iron to the safest option, PVC and the city wants to move toward ways to secure water quality in the future with moves such as replacing pipe.

Gardner said currently, BGMU is working on identifying where old galvanized pipes are and hope to replace all old pipes by the end of 2024. According to the manager, records weren’t the best back then so it’s difficult to find where older pipes are as they might have been there for around 100 years.