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Milwaukee mayor: Old homes need water filters

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wants people living in old houses to install faucet filters to remove lead from tap water.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday that Barrett was urging anyone who lives in a home built before 1951 to install the filters.

About 70,000 residences get water from street mains through a lead pipe known as a lateral. Milwaukee treats Lake Michigan water to control lead corrosion from those pipes and prevent contamination. But Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech civil engineering professor, said the process doesn’t guarantee the water will be clean.

The Journal Sentinel reported in June that without disturbances from construction work, the city’s tap water has been shown by tests required by federal regulations to be safe. A spokeswoman for Barrett didn’t immediately respond to messages inquiring if that was still the case.

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