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Lead water in the pipes – since 1986

January 13, 2017

So much talk of lead in the drinking water in Flint MI these days. Well, I’ve owned 2 homes Great-plumbing-ideas-lead-in-water-flint-miin Flint. I have the same wisdom for those folks as anyone who buys a home built pre-1986.

I recall when I built a home, coincidentally in 1986, that I had to switch from a lead solder to a tin solder. It doesn’t flow the same. But, the point is, per “The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1986”, homes built before `86 tend to have lead joints so it makes sense to drink & cook with filtered or bottled water. I do.

The law prohibited use of lead solders, pipes, and flux in drinking water systems. Plumbing solder lead content was set at 0.20% maximum. ( previously 50/50 mix w/ tin). It also included wording to require states to enforce the provision.


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