“We don’t know how many we’re talking,” Public Information Coordinator Sara Bristol says, “we’re hoping it’s just in the dozens rather than the hundreds.”
12 employees are responsible for all the new construction and repairs within the Medford Water Commission. And beginning monday, their workload is going to grow.
“Looking into the meter boxes, and if we do identify any galvanized pipe we’ll start looking at the next step which would be to dig a hole in the street- we call it potholing- and we can actually see down to see if their is lead connected to the water main,” Bristol says.
Public Information Coordinator Sara Bristol says the overall cost will vary.
“They’re estimating it costs a thousand dollars just to dig a hole where we’re able to see if there is lead, and if there is a pigtail that needs to be removed it will be about 5 to 6 thousand.”
That, coupled with the free water testing they’ll offer to any affected homeowner, and early estimates are mounting.
“Tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars just to get them removed.”
At this point we don’t know whether affected homes have lead leaching into the water, so flushing your pipes in the morning is encouraged and good practice for all homeowners. As soon as next week, homes will receive flyers if galvanized pipe is found in their meter box while the commission investigates further.
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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.
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