Wednesday Newsletter

 
ACMi-21
Media partner

Site stats: April traffic | Patch: Town updates | Cambridge Day: News >> 

Town water testing spurs education pitch about lead

Annual testing of town water turned up elevated levels of lead in two samples, but those instances were enough for the town to launch an education campaign about potential dangers.

selectboard 052019

Itron water logo

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body.

A town brochure says the greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children.

The Select Board on Monday, Dec. 2, accepted a report presented by Michael Rademacher, public works director.

Rademacher told the board that the DPW found two testing samples above the 15 parts-per-billion (ppb) limit on lead -- at 17 and 18 ppb.

In one case, Rademacher said the DPW dug up line in street, and it turned out to be a copper pipe, not lead.

"This highlights issues that could be in your own house," not in pipes, he said, referring lead in older homes.

By end of this month, the DPW plans to send out letters to all households. Read all documents included in the presentation, including the brochure to be sent, here >> 

Information will also be sent at the time of the quarterly water bill.

Rademacher said the DPW will test a resident's water if he or she expresses concern.

Board member Dan Dunn asked whether testing has found this before in town. "Not in my tenure," said Rademacher, who became DPW head in January 2011.


Feb. 21, 2016: MWRA assures public that agency keeps the lead out


This news summary, was published Friday Dec. 6, 2019

Your Businesses

Latest comments

Bob Sprague What do we do about Arlington's news desert?
27 May 2022
Good question, Eric. Since it became a nonprofit last fall, YourArlington has been led by a board se...
Guest - Eric Segal What do we do about Arlington's news desert?
25 May 2022
I wonder what it would cost to have a local, nonprofit digital news network -- like this but maybe a...
Bob Sprague What do we do about Arlington's news desert?
25 May 2022
I agree withg Mark's comment about democracy and local support for the press. One answer to this iss...

Housing Authority

Your People

Wally greets Marianne Comeau at Del's.

Longtime resident recalls how Red Sox gave her hits she needed

Wally greets Marianne Comeau at Del's. UPDATED May 21: You may have seen Marianne Comeau doling out paddles for canoes at Spy Pond in summers past. Or at the Ed Burns rec center working with kids. Or simply jogging around town, something she has done since 1979. The affable friend to police…
Lt. Dan Kelly

Retired Arlington police lieutenant dies at 58

Lt. Dan Kelly Lt. Dan Kelly, a retired member of the Arlington Police Department, died Tuesday, May 3, after fighting cancer for several years, Chief Julie Flaherty said in a report by YourArlington partner Patch. Kelly, 58, served 32 years as a decorated member of the Arlington Police Department.…

FACEBOOK BOX: To see all images, click the PHOTOS link just below

 



Support YourArlington

An informed Arlington
keeps democracy alive
:
Why we are your news source >>

Donate Button

YourArlington is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

Your contributions are tax-deductible.

Your Arts

Your Police, Fire

Development

Site Partners

Patch header

Arlington Patch

Arlington Patch has been reporting about the town since 2010. The national site with local outlets…