MLGW releases locations that may have lead water lines - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

MLGW releases locations that may have lead water lines

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Memphis, Light, Gas and Water made public a database of more than 36,483 lead service lines installed in the early 1900s.

You can see the database for yourself here.

People with homes built before 1940 who are also living at locations mentioned in the database may have total or partial lead plumbing. 

Even if your home does have lead pipes, it does not mean your water has dangerously high levels of lead in it. For years, MLGW has been adding sodium hexametaphosphate to the water. That chemical coats the water mains to reduce corrosion and helps protect pipes in your home.

MLGW said it wanted to reassure customers that Memphis has some of the best water in the country. MLGW crews have tested known lead pipes in Memphis for many years. Water flowing through those pipes have consistently been in compliance with Environmental Protection Agency standards. 

Shelby County Health Department said lead paint--not lead pipes--is the most common cause of lead exposure in Memphis and Shelby County.

MLGW said it will provide free water testing kits for any customer who requests one.

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