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Lead levels in Tualatin Valley Water District were reported safe according to officials.

COURTESY PHOTO - Tualatin Valley Water District Lead in drinking water is a local and national health concern. Tualatin Valley Water District's October round of testing showed that customers receive water with lead test results below the federal standard. This follows the district's testing in May, which also showed results below the federal standard. The district tested for lead from 112 samples collected from high-risk homes, which include those built between 1983 and 1985 when lead solder and copper pipes were commonly used. The federal standard for this monitoring is based on having 90-percent of the homes tested with a lead level of no greater than 15 parts per billion.

Based on the water district's latest monitoring, 90-percent of the homes tested had a lead level of nine parts per billion or less, which is about 60-percent of the standard and 40-percent of the homes had no detectable lead at all. The main sources of lead in water are from plumbing fixtures, which may contain lead-based solder and brass or chrome-plated plumbing fixtures and components. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially to pregnant women and young children. For more information on reducing lead exposure and the health effects of lead, contact the Leadline at 503-988-4000 or leadline.org or people can visit the Environmental Protection Agency website at epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD (800-424-5323).

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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