SOURCE: Roto-Rooter Atlanta

November 26, 2012 06:00 ET

Roto-Rooter Atlanta: Lead Pipes and Plumbing Cause Problems for Many Cities

A Number of Cities Throughout the Nation Have Faced Issues Related to Lead Pipes That Affect Drinking Water; Roto-Rooter Atlanta Commented on the Most Recent Findings

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - Nov 26, 2012) - The dangers of increased levels of lead in the blood stream have been well documented for many years. When lead builds up in the body, it can affect the ability of a number of systems, including the nerves and the kidneys, to function properly. In a recent article, the Denver Post has reported new data shows 13 percent of homes with lead plumbing in the Denver area show signs of high lead concentration in their drinking water. The professional plumbing company Roto-Rooter Atlanta made note of these disturbing findings.

The article reports the 13 percent figure equates to one in eight Denver-area homes with lead plumbing. The data shared in the news story was provided by utility company Denver Water.

According to the article, the federal government sets drinking water standards that state the presence of lead is not to exceed 15 parts per billion. Denver Water has reported lead concentrations in tested homes exceeded these standards by up to 3.8 times the recommended levels.

In a statement to the press, Roto-Rooter Atlanta commented: "We are concerned that many individuals, especially developing children, remain exposed to lead in drinking water. It is our hope that homeowners take the warnings of lead contamination very seriously. As a company, we are happy to help individuals find affordable solutions to replacing the lead pipes in their homes."

The article further explained many homes built prior to 1989 contain copper pipes that were joined with dangerous lead solder that can contaminate drinking water.

However, it is the much older homes that are presenting the most troubles with the high lead concentrations found in drinking water. For the most part, homes built prior to the mid-1950s are more likely to have lead pipes than homes built later in the 20th century.

The news piece also cautions homeowners that lead plumbing in and of itself does not cause an issue. It is when the lead is disturbed, like when pipes are cut for repairs, or when the pipes begin to corrode that the substance taints drinking water. Additionally, if homes have lead water supply pipes, it is a good idea for those who live there to allow the water to run for several seconds before filling pots, pans and drinking glasses. This allows water that has been sitting in the lead pipes for an extended period to go down the drain.

The article notes a number of cities throughout the country have wrestled with similar problems. Major metro areas in New York and Massachusetts as well as Oregon and Kentucky have reported similar concerns.

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