NEW YORK, November 5, 2010 (Water Tech) — New York City officials issue warning

From: Laura Newton , Posted Date: Nov 26th, 2010

New York City officials issue warning about lead contamination 

NEW YORK, November 5, 2010 (Water Tech) — Water tests revealing elevated lead levels in some older buildings prompted New York City officials to warn residents to run their taps for 30 seconds before drinking water, cooking with it or using it to make baby formula, the Tri-City Herald reported.

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection said the city’s water supply is virtually lead-free and attributed the contamination to lead pipes and fixtures typically found in buildings that are more than 40 years old, according to the report.

“The elevations seen in the city’s recent tests have been too small to pose clear health threats ... but the best level of lead exposure is zero, especially for children and pregnant women,” said Cas Holloway, the city’s environmental commissioner.