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York: Have lead service pipes? Get water tested

Written by Staff Report/York Daily Record | Jan 10, 2017 9:48 AM
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If you scratch off the surface dirt of your water pipe, you might be able to see if it's a copper pipe or a different material. (Photo: Sean Heisey, York Daily Record)

(York) -- Property owners who have lead service lines should contact the York Water Company to have their water tested for lead, which is harmful to unborn children and children under the age of 7, according to a news release from the City of York.

The water company sent letters to property owners who have lead service lines to their properties to call about having their water tested.

State-mandated testing last fall showed that six of 50 lead pipes owned by the water company were leeching unacceptable amounts of lead into the drinking water. The company has been working to inform the public and replace the old plumbing.

The homeowner is responsible for the pipes that go from the house to the water company's service line. Learn how to test your pipes to make sure they are not lead. Sean Heisey, York Daily Record

Property owners who have lead service lines should contact the York Water Company to have their water tested for lead, which is harmful to unborn children and children under the age of 7, according to a news release from the City of York.

The water company sent letters to property owners who have lead service lines to their properties to call about having their water tested.

State-mandated testing last fall showed that six of 50 lead pipes owned by the water company were leeching unacceptable amounts of lead into the drinking water. The company has been working to inform the public and replace the old plumbing.

The city's Bureau of Health is working with the water company on addressing the issue, the news release states. Exposure to lead can cause brain damage, behavioral problems, learning disabilities and neurological problems.

Residents who live in rental properties can contact the York Water Company to see if their place is affected, the news release states.

For more information, visit the York Water Company's website at www.yorkwater.com or call (717) 845-3601.

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

 

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