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General Manager Of DC Water Discusses Recent Report Of Lead Contamination

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By Matt McCleskey

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 15,000 homes in the District may be at risk for lead contamination, despite efforts in recent years to address the problem. The report suggests that the partial replacement of lead service lines,performed by D.C. Water, was not an effective way to reduce the risk of elevated lead levels. The CDC is urging residents of homes where partial replacements were done to use bottled water until their water can be re-evaluated.

WAMU's Matt McCleskey discusses the results of this report and what it means for D.C. residents with General Manager of DC Water George Hawkins.


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