SEATTLE (AP) - Workers with Seattle Public Utilities are testing the water from several homes this weekend to determine if the utility has a lead problem.
The utility believes an estimated 2,000 Seattle homes are at risk of lead from old gooseneck water fittings between the water main and the house. The lead fittings were used in some homes that were typically built before 1930, and they connect to galvanized service lines that were 1 inch or smaller.
The concerns arose when Tacoma water-utility managers detected lead in drinking water to four homes. That news prompted the Seattle utility to tell customers that if they haven’t turned on the water for six hours or more, they should let it run for two minutes before drinking or cooking with it.
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