Possible signs of lead pipes found at 15 Medford homes

Inspection of water meters found that the homes could possibly have lead pipes

Generic water coming from a faucet. (KOIN 6 News)
Generic water coming from a faucet. (KOIN 6 News)

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) – The Medford Water Commission is working to conduct water quality testing at 15 homes after an inspection of water meters found that the homes could possibly have lead pipes.

The Mail Tribune reports that the Monday inspection looked at more than 300 water meters in the city. Commission spokeswoman Sara Bristol says workers have begun excavating the streets around the 15 homes in search of lead pipes, also known as pigtails, that connect the water service to the main line.

Homes found to have galvanized pipes will be issued a notice telling residents “there is a high likelihood” they have a lead pigtail.

The commission estimates about 4,000 homes will have to be inspected. The houses in question were built prior to 1946 when lead pigtails were originally installed.

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