- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Waters managers in Albuquerque say the kind of lead-laced drinking water crisis facing Flint, Michigan, is not a threat to the area’s water utility customers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://goo.gl/B95OHd) Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority chief operating officer John Stomp says that’s because the area’s water system is relatively young.

He says lead was not highly used in construction when Albuquerque was developing, except in some gooseneck fittings.

Water authority compliance division manager Mark Kelly says in federally mandated testing, Albuquerque’s water supply has not approached unsafe levels of lead.

Flint was under state financial control when the city switched water service in 2014 from Detroit’s system to the Flint River to save money. But improperly treated river water corroded old pipes and leached lead into homes and businesses.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com


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