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Tests Find Lead In Water At High-Risk Gresham Homes, City Says

Recent samples show lead concentrations in eight homes out of the 70 enrolled in this voluntary program were above the action level of 15 ppb (parts per billion); the Oregon Health Authority requires public notification when more than 10% of homes sampled ...

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From the City of Gresham: Twice annually, the city tests water samples in high-risk homes known to contain copper pipes and lead solder, which are more likely to contribute to elevated lead levels in drinking waterRecent samples show lead concentrations in eight homes out of the 70 enrolled in this voluntary program were above the action level of 15 ppb (parts per billion); the Oregon Health Authority requires public notification when more than 10% of homes sampled are above the action levelThe city will work with residents to provide them with tools and information to reduce their exposure — including the simple step of running water run for 30 seconds to two minutesIn 1986, the city removed all known lead service connections from its distribution systemExposure to lead through drinking water is possible if materials in a home's plumbing contain leadHigh-risk homes are typically built between 1983 and 1985 and may have used higher risk pipe materialsLead enters drinking water primarily because of corrosion in building plumbing and fixturesThe 70 homes in Gresham that participate in a voluntary water monitoring program represent high-risk homesSamples are collected by the homeowners after the water has been standing in the household plumbing for more than six hours"Protecting public health is a top priority for the City of Gresham," said Andrew Degner, Water Resources Regulatory Manager"We've informed our customers of these test results and educated them on the ways they can take action to reduce exposure to lead in their water." The city purchases water from Portland, which is improving corrosion control treatment — which may lessen the risk of lead in high-risk homesThe treatment will be in place no later than 2022According to the U.SEnvironmental Protection Agency, the biggest sources of exposure to lead are not from drinking water but rather from exposure to lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soilResidents concerned about exposure to lead in their homes, especially those with pregnant women and children six years and younger, may contact the LeadLine at or 503-988-4000 to learn more about reducing exposure There are five simple steps to reduce exposure to lead in water: Run cold water to flush out leadIf the water hasn't been used for several hours, run cold taps for 30 seconds to two minutes before drinking or cooking.Clean faucet aerators to remove trapped sediment.Do not cook, drink or make baby formula with hot water from the tapHot water dissolves contaminants, like lead, quicker than cold water.Do not boil water to reduce lead; it will not remove the contaminant.Install low lead fixtures and a lead-reducing filterResidents may order a free water test kit at More information on the City's water can be found at Image via Shutterstock Subscribe More from Gresham PatchUp next on Gresham Patch Oregon Sues Monsanto For $100M, Says Firm Knew PCBs Were Toxic Police Clean Houses, UnLucky Rooster, And U-Haul Justice 10 Books You Need To Read This Month ga("send", "event", "taboola", "served", "impression", 1, { "nonInteraction": 1 }); if (mobile_detect.is_phone) { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-b', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Mobile Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } else { window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); } window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({flush: true}); var disqus_shortname = "patchmedia"; var disqus_identifier = "27426019"; var disqus_title = "Tests Find Lead In Water At High-Risk Gresham Homes, City Says"; var disqus_url = ""; jQuery(document).ready(function() { jQuery('#show-disqus, .btn-comment-now').on('click', function(event){ jQuery.ajax({ type: "GET", url: "", dataType: "script", cache: true }); jQuery('#comments-guidelines').show(); !== 'show-disqus' && jQuery('html, body').animate({ scrollTop: jQuery('#disqus_thread').offset().top - 220 }, 1000); jQuery('#show-disqus').slideUp(); return false; }); location.hash === '#comments' && jQuery('#show-disqus').click(); }); Show Comments Patch Community Guidelines Patch welcomes contributions and comments from our usersWe strive for civil, enlightened discussions on Patch stories and local issuesPlease abide by our posting standards: Be civil No profanity No personal attacks or insults Stay on topic Users who violate our posting rules will have their comments blocked or deletedUsers who flagrantly violate our standards can be banned at the moderator's discretion. × What are Featured Events? 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