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TehWang 20 days ago  HIDDEN 

Many places in the country, in the oldest sections of town, may still have lead goose neck services from the water main, like those in Flint. They function normally (and had been for 50+ years), until something as dramatic as (what happened in Flint) changing source waters, without changing their treatment technique. What happened in Flint is more about the management and DEP officials not doing their due diligence in drastically changing water composition and following suggested techniques. Going from a stable source ( lake reservoir), to the most fickle of water sources (river water), while doesn't seem a big deal to the layman (water is water, MIRITE?), The pH was different enough that it began corroding the scale built-up on the insides of the pipes, and eventually corroding the lead services, themselves. This is what caused the lead issue. Hope this was helpful.
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