Medford, Ore. — Crews have located more than a dozen homes in Medford that are fed by galvanized pipes, a telltale sign that lead pigtail pipes may be underground. The Medford Water Commission has canvassed more than 300 meter boxes this week and have found galvanized pipe feeding 15 homes.
They’ve been handing out blue flyers notifying residents of their active search and placing door hangers on homes where galvanized pipe has been located.
“Lets them know what the next steps are,” Public Information Coordinator Sara Bristol says, “which is that we will be investigating those sites further to see if there actually is lead and if there is lead at that site we will offer them free testing both before and after we remove the pigtail.”
Bristol says they will begin digging first thing tomorrow morning, and will continue their investigation of more meter boxes as their schedules allow.
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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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