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Potentially High Lead Levels Detected in Olathe Neighborhood

Associated Press - April 20, 2016 1:38 pm


A Kansas City suburb is providing bottled water to residents of one neighborhood as a precaution after potentially high lead levels were detected.

The city of Olathe said in a news release that residents of about 105 homes are affected. The release says the city is conducting follow-up testing of water drawn from residents’ taps. The potential problems were detected in samples taken from outside water meters, and no details on the results were provided.

City spokesman Tim Danneberg says testing at the meter can be inaccurate in detecting lead levels. That’s because the samples can be contaminated by such things as lead from surrounding soil and welding joints. He says health officials only recognize the results of samples taken from the tap.

Danneberg says previous tests showed no problems.

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