Medford, 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.
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.