Water Commissions finds 2 more lead pigtails in West Medford

0623 lead pipe MedfordMedford, Ore. — Two more lead pigtails have been found in West Medford as the water commission continues it’s search to remove the old lead pipes. NBC5 reported on Thursday that a pigtail was found on Quince Street. Crews took water samples from that home over the weekend and tell us the lead pipe will be removed Tuesday.

Now crews are working with homeowners on Orange and 11th Streets to offer water testing before removing the pigtails found on those streets.

“They’ve all been on very old pipe lines, 1909, 1910, 1911,” Public Information Coordinator Sara Bristol of the Medford Water Commission says, “it has not been so far 2 neighboring properties, it’s just one here, one there, they’re not necessarily adjacent to one another.”

Water crews have now investigated just under half of the 5,000 meter boxes they will be checking. At least 8 pigtails have been found since August of last year.

The first water tests that came back from a home with a pigtail last week showed lead levels 30 times the EPA action level.

 

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