15 Jul '11, 5pm

Green: Lead in N.Y. Tap Water Is Back to Normal

The proportion of homes in New York City with elevated lead levels in their tap water is back to normal, city officials said this week , but all residents are still urged to run their tap water for at least half a minute before drinking or cooking with it. City officials said the latest round of sampling, conducted from Jan. 1 to June 30 in older homes known to have lead service lines or lead solder in pipes, showed that only two out of 114 samples had elevated levels of lead. At less than 2 percent, that is well below the 14 percent found in testing last year . The city Department of Environmental Protection is still investigating the cause of last year’s elevated level but says it may have been caused by fluctuations in the water’s pH or acidity levels, which can make water more corrosive. The department conducts such tests under the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, whic...

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