Residents of seven city homes are being given bottled water after elevated levels of lead were found in their drinking water, state Department of Health officials said.
“To be clear, the exceedance does not mean that lead was present in the city of Saratoga Springs’ municipal water supply,” said Ben Rosen, a Department of Health spokesman. “Rather, the city detected an exceedance in a small number of homes during routine monitoring.”
State health officials believe the lead contamination is coming from older pipes or plumbing materials in the homes, he said.
“We are actively working with the city on a plan for remediation and will oversee the implementation of that plan to ensure that the city’s drinking water remains protected,” he said.
He would not identify the homes where elevated levels of lead were found, saying the city would provide that information.
Messages left Friday for Public Works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco were not returned.
The seven residences are among 60 homes, all built in the early 1980s, that were sampled by the city in June, health department officials said. The city was required to take action because more than 10 percent of the homes where water was sampled showed lead levels of 15 parts per billion or more.
Federal regulations require the city to sample water every six months. The 60 homes were chosen because they were built shortly before Congress prohibited the use of lead piping and soldering in public water systems in 1986, according to state health officials.
In response to the lead contamination, the city has notified the affected…
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