City Says Run Tap Water for 30 Seconds to Avoid Leaden Water

Thursday, November 04, 2010

The city's Department of Environmental Protection is telling New Yorkers to run their taps for 30 seconds before drinking, cooking or using tap water for baby formula. That's because tests have shown elevated levels of lead in some older buildings.

The DEP says the city's water supply is "virtually lead-free" and that the buildings recently identified as having contaminates are likely from lead pipes and fixtures found in buildings older than 40 years.

DEP commissioner Cas Holloway says the elevated levels are "too small to pose health risks,"  but says if your faucet hasn't been used for over six hours you should run the taps. 

"The best level of lead exposure is zero, especially for children and pregnant women," Holloway said.

Water tests conducted on older buildings from June to September found that 14 percent of the 222 buildings showed lead levels higher than the accepted benchmark. If 10 percent or more of the buildings tested find lead levels higher than 15 parts per billion, federal law requires local utility companies to intervene.



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Debra Hall from Hopewell Junction

The Manhattan in the link is Manhattan, Kansas. So I am wrong. According to paperwork, I do not see that chloromines were used. I guess you should never Ass-u-me until you thoroughly check things out. Manhattan, Kansas. Who Knew?

Debra Hall(Who should have put a foot in her mouth)!

Nov. 06 2010 06:21 PM
Debra Hall from Hopewell Junction, NY

I learned about water contaminants because I live upstate and my water is contaminated with Trichloroethelyn. Because of my work I was awarded the Highest EPA award given to citizens in April, 2007.

After hearing about the lead in Manhattan water I did some investigating. I know that adding chloromines, Chlorine plus Ammonia, any pipes with lead solder will leech the lead into the water. Sure enough, back in 2005, chloromines were added to Manhattan water.

It is the fault of the city that this is happening. Now they are asking people to waste water which they pay for. The same thing is happening here in Dutchess County at the IBM Buildings.

Do an investigation. You will see I am correct.

Nov. 04 2010 07:38 PM

This is common knowledge.

I'm guessing that the people who operate NYC's water system have never drank tap water, and I'm sure the DEP folks never have. My question for the DEP folks though -- do they let their kids bathe in it? I know there counterparts in Philly NEVER have...

Nov. 04 2010 06:53 PM

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