MLGW to investigate service lines for lead contamination - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MLGW to investigate service lines for lead contamination

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Memphis Light, Gas, and Water is sorting through old records that could lead them to the source of lead-contaminated water.

MLGW discovered a 16-year-old database with service line records this week.

MLGW said 38,275 out of 288,000 water lines may be made of lead. These were installed between 1874 and 1940. MLGW was established in 1939.

A total of 3,029 of the 38,275 water lines were installed before 1900. These are mostly located within or in the vicinity of the Parkways.

MLGW notes that lead contamination issues in Flint, Michigan, have raised concerns about water quality. They said their water corrosion control process is “excellent” and their artesian well water has consistently met EPA drinking water standards.

MLGW will begin field inspections later this year to verify the material used in its service lines. These inspections will run through 2020.

MLGW officials said the leading cause of lead exposure in Memphis and the United States is from lead paint. They said there is no evidence linking lead poisoning in MLGW’s drinking water.

MLGW also provides free water sample testing. You can set one of these up by calling 544-6549 or emailing

If you have more questions about MLGW’s newly found database, click here.

To see MLGW’s 2015 Water Quality Report, click here.

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