Tests finds elevated levels of lead in water at 7 homes in Saratoga Springs – New York News




SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. >> The city announced Friday that routine testing found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in seven of 60 homes sampled.

The federal Lead and Copper Rule requires the routine sampling. An aggressive plan to adjust the water chemistry to prevent the leaching of lead from older residential pipes and fixtures is being finalized for approval by the state Department of Health, a news release said.

Both of the city’s public water sources, the Water Treatment Plant and Geyser Crest Subdivision, tested at non-detect levels for lead.

Officials said it’s believed that the cause for the levels in the seven homes is older pipes or plumbing materials containing lead.


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The city’s Water Treatment System sampled their 60 Tier 1 locations, which are homes built between 1982 and 1986. These homes are considered Tier 1 because lead plumbing fixtures were typically used in home construction. Previous sampling in 2015 and 2016 determined levels below the action-level threshold, officials said.

The city contacted the seven households where testing levels were above the threshold to re-sample the water and offer an alternative water source while awaiting a second round of testing results.

“The public should know that Saratoga Springs’ municipal water supply does not contain lead and these results reflect an exceedance in a small number of homes with lead plumbing fixtures,” said public works Commissioner Anthony “Skip” Scirocco in a statement. “We are conducting confirmatory sampling of the impacted homes and taking action…

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