- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Tacoma Public Utilities says new tests of drinking water at homes with lead gooseneck fittings show it’s safe to drink.

The utility said Wednesday it tested water inside 12 homes in response to high lead levels found outside four houses with the gooseneck pipes in early April. Six of the 12 homes sampled had lead goosenecks, the release says, and none of the water tests found enough lead for the utility to take action.

The Environmental Protection Agency’s action level is 15 parts per billion of lead, and out of 464 tested samples, the highest level found was around 4 ppb.

The release says the utility is in the process of removing lead goosenecks and expects to replace them all in about five years.

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