Nearly 100 homes require further investigation for lead pipes

lead pipe mapMedford, Ore. — Lead pipes have been found at 1 in 4 locations where crews have potholed. The Medford Water Commission has checked 2,700 meter boxes in West Medford, and potholed at 40 locations, 10 of those had lead pigtails connecting service lines, and one water test showed lead levels 30 times the EPA action level.

Their list is growing though, as of this week there are nearly a hundred more places that require pot holing and further investigation.

“Those are all locations that have either a single galvanized line which we’re finding is the most likely to have a lead pigtail,” Sara Bristol says, “or a galvanized steer horn.”

The commission hopes to begin investigating the east side of town in the next few weeks.


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