Milwaukee mayor: “We understand what the challenges are” as it relates to lead in city’s tap water

MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Health Commissioner Bevan Baker spoke at length on Thursday, September 8th about the safety of tap water in the city — and how residents can ensure they are not being exposed to excessive levels of lead. Barrett said homes built in the city prior to 1950 contain lead. He said when construction is done in neighborhoods where those home exist, they have found in the past, increases in lead coming from the laterals. The mayor reiterated information that was stated in a February 2016 mailing to 70,000 households with lead service lines — steps to make sure their water is safe.

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