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Friday, November 09, 2018 10:21 am

City: 8 homes have high lead levels in water

The Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne City Utilities has notified eight homes where water samples have shown high lead levels.

The lead is likely from the homes' service lines and is not from city water provided by the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant, the city said in a news release this morning. The homes are out of 70 tested.

The eight homes were built before 1986 when laws were changed to ban "the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2 percent lead and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes, and other plumbing materials inside homes to 8.0 percent," the release said. "Six of the homes were built before 1937 and are likely to have lead service lines."

All City Utilities customers will be mailed information about lead paint, lead-contaminated soil and dust, and lead in drinking water, the release states. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been notified.

This story will be updated.