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High Levels of Lead Seen in New York City Tap Water

New York City officials have advised residents to run their tap water for at least 30 seconds before drinking or cooking with it. Testing has showed an increase in the number of homes with high lead levels in their water.

Last year, only 5.4 percent of homes tested exceeded allowable lead levels. This year, that number rose to 14 percent.

According to the New York Times:

“... [A]bout 100,000 ... water customers still have lead pipes. Because water that sits in those pipes for several hours is more likely to have lead in it, residents are advised to reduce their potential for exposure by running the tap for half a minute until it is cold. (Hot water absorbs lead more easily.)”

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