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Some Green Bay residents have lead in their water


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Residents who live in an older section of Green Bay are at risk for lead contamination of your water.

That's according to the Green Bay Water Utility.

“Our source water, which is Lake Michigan, and our filter plant, do not have any lead in the water. So, it’s only in the home plumbing and the service lines that the lead is coming into the homes,” Green Bay Water Utility general manager Nancy Quirk told FOX 11.

If consumed, lead can cause delayed mental and physical development in children. The possible contamination is limited to around 1900 homes, which is only 6 percent of the city.

Quirk says the city has done its part to start replacing pipes. It’s also flushing hydrants to get rid of lead sediment.

“It’s basically increasing the speed at which the water’s going through the pipe which basically scours the pipe,” said Quirk.

Green Bay Water Utility says homeowners who live in a home built before the 1940s to run their water for at least two minutes every morning.

Contractors say it’s not totally necessary to remove the pipes on your property that might contain lead. The process can be costly.

Homeowners on the east side said they have not been individually notified about lead issues.

To find out whether your home is among the nearly two thousand in danger of lead contamination will require a telephone call to the Green Bay Water Utility at (920) 448-3480.

To find out how to get your water tested for lead, call the Green Bay Water Utility or visit gbwater.org.

(Additional reporting by FOX 11).