Medford resident Jesse Wilson is concerned after learning he is living in one of 6 residences that are now confirmed to be connected to a small lead pipe.
“The last 4 years there’s still been water consumption,” Jesse Wilson says, “so I’m very concerned. I’m a health conscious person.”
The dig on Oakdale Avenue was the first, as a list of more than a dozen potential problem areas in neighborhoods that predate 1946 gets longer. And at this point it’s still unknown whether the lead pipe is causing elevated lead levels in people’s water.
“We were following EPA guidelines which requires us to test homes from the early 1980’s,” Public Information Coordinator Sara Bristol says, “this will be the first opportunity to test a home that has lead pigtails.”
So for now, the road is patched, and the lead pigtail remains underground until the commission is able to complete a free water quality test. And Jesse Wilson says after unknowingly having a lead pipe for 4 years, he’s ready to get that ball rolling.
“Procedures take time,” Wilson says, “but it’s been too long.”
“It’s time to really speed up this thing and take action.”
Executive Producer Kristin Hosfelt anchors NBC5 News weeknights at 5 and 6. Originally from the Bay Area, Kristin earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from San Jose State University.
She came to KOBI-TV/NBC5 from Bangor, Maine where she was the evening news anchor. Kristin has won multiple journalism awards including Best Feature Reporting in the State of Maine. In 2017, her investigation on lead pipes in Medford’s water system was named Best News Series by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.
When Kristin is not sharing the news, she’s traveling, hunting down the best burrito, or buried in a Jodi Picoult novel. She’s also a Green Bay Packers shareholder; if you see her out and about she’d be happy to tell you the story of how a California girl became a cheesehead.