- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BALTIMORE (AP) - A recent report shows that nearly 4 percent of the samples taken for a Baltimore water-quality analysis contained unacceptable levels of lead.

The city announced Monday that two out of 52 samples contained lead at levels higher than 15 parts per billion, considered the “action level.”

The samples were collected from homes last year in east and north Baltimore.

Department of Public Works spokesman Jeffrey Raymond says they’re confident that this is an isolated issue that has to do with plumbing inside the two homes.

DPW Director Rudy Chow says Baltimore has excellent source waters and water mains that are not made of lead. He says those are some of the reasons why Baltimore’s drinking water ranks among the best in the nation for taste and purity.

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