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Old 01-18-2010, 09:54 AM
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Originally Posted by PDXmom View Post
While the water in Durham's treatment plant might be lead free (honestly I don't know), the cities pipes and your home's pipes sending the water to your faucet might be the problem. Older homes, older water pipes often times had heavy amounts of lead in them.
That is correct. Virtually all lead that is found in drinking water has come from older pipes. At least that is what the water treatment plan tells me when I take groups of students there.

Durham as well as other surrounding counties have minute traces of lead and is well below the acceptable level of .015. I know that Durham and Wake are at .003%.

Water quality should be the last thing worried about if you are moving to a major city, IMHO.

I still would like to know what sparked this question and where did monkers hear this from?
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Old 01-18-2010, 10:21 AM
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This NIEHS published article mentions Durham a couple of times ... and discusses both the solder issue as well as some treatment issues.

Environmental Health Perspectives: Out of Plumb: When Water Treatment Causes Lead Contamination (http://tinyurl.com/y8lug4u - broken link)

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