- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

BERTHOUD, Colo. (AP) - Residents of a northern Colorado town have been warned that elevated levels of lead have been found in the drinking water.

The Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/25CGXAc ) that Berthoud (BERTH’-ihd) officials notified residents Wednesday that five of 40 samples tested for lead and copper showed higher-than standard levels of lead.

Workers from the town of Berthoud found high levels of lead and copper in water samples in late 2014 and 2015, leading officials to change treatment facility procedures and change the drinking water source.

Officials attribute the high lead levels to plumbing in older homes. Larimer County’s Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Katie O’Donnelly says the water testing barely exceeded the maximum allowed level, and that Berthoud officials are working to fix the problem.

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Information from: Loveland Daily Reporter-Herald, http://www.reporterherald.com/

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