York Water Co. says lead found in homes built before 1935

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YORK, Pa. (WHTM) – The York Water Company says elevated levels of lead have been found in a limited number of its customers’ water.

In a press release Tuesday, the company said it is now carrying out a plan to replace lead service lines from at least 1,660 York properties built before 1935.

A recent routine test found that six homes built before 1935 had lead service lines that exceeded the action level.

The company said it stopped installing lead service lines in 1934 due to lead getting into a property’s drinking water.

“We take lead very seriously,” said Jeffrey Hines, President and CEO of The York Water Company. “While this routine sample testing exceeded the action level by only 1 part per billion, York Water has instituted an expedited plan to speed up the replacement process of the last remaining York Water lead service lines in our service area.

Informational letters have also been sent to customers explaining how they can reduce lead in their water, get a free water test, and get an update on York’s lead service line replacement plan.

York Water said it will give impacted homes a credit for 200 gallons per month for flushing, and schedule replacement of the full lead service line, without charge to the customer, over the next 3 to 4 years.

Homes with copper, plastic, or steel lines and built after 1934 are likely not impacted, according to the company.

Customers who are unsure if they have a lead service line are encouraged to visit YorkWater.com.

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