Medford reveals that lead pipes found in water system

Testing still shows the water is safe to drink

Water from a drinking fountain, file. (Flickr Creative Commons)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Medford Water Commission says it has discovered several lead pipes in the city water system, but that testing still shows the water is safe to drink.

The Mail Tribune reports that commission board Chairman Leigh Johnson says the board became aware of lead fittings in the system about a month ago.

Commission spokeswoman Sara Bristol says an estimated four lead connectors known as “pigtails” have been removed in the past three years. She says the commission doesn’t keep track of where the pigtails are located and how many have been replaced.

Commissioners say testing has shown no elevated lead levels in the city’s water system, but they’re recommending residents run their water for 30 seconds to two minutes before drinking.

The commission is seeking further analysis of the system.

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