The City of St. Elmo recently completed a three-year sampling program for lead in drinking water with lead being detected in four locations. St. Elmo Public Works Director Peg McKinney says the same 10 houses have been checked since the federal lead and copper rule went into effect. In recent testing, four locations had lead detected. More sampling will now be done and McKinney says at this time, it is unknown if the lead detected is actually from the city water or if it is being leeched from the house’s plumbing as they do not yet have the full report. McKinney says that residents can contact St. Elmo City Hall for information on ways to eliminate or reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.