The most common contaminants found in household water in Pittsylvania County were total coliform bacteria, low pH, copper, lead, iron and E. coli.
Total coliform bacteria presence is an indication that surface water may be entering a well and other more harmful microorganisms may be present. Total coliform was found in 52% of the Pittsylvania County samples. E. coli were found in 10% of the samples and are a sign that human or animal waste is entering the water supply.
Low pH (<6.5) can occur naturally in parts of Virginia geology. Although not a concern in itself, low pH can be a driver of how corrosive the water is. Once the water enters the house it can result in metals such as copper and lead leaching into the water from plumbing components that contain these metals, such as brass fittings or copper pipes.
Lead was found in first draw samples exceeding 0.015 mg/L in 18% of samples, and copper exceeding 1 mg/L in 20% of samples.