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CDC: Lead-Contaminated Water Still A Problem In DC
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says as many as 15,000 homes in Washington may have dangerously lead-contaminated water despite removal of lead pipes.

In a report released Wednesday, the CDC said homeowners who had pipes partially replaced may have made the problem worse. The agency also said that children in D.C. were exposed to lead poisoning from 2000 to 2006 as an unintended result of moves to disinfect the water supply.


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The CDC initially claimed that it found no evidence that increases in the level of lead in the water had harmed D.C. residents.

George Hawkins, director of D.C. Water, said if young children, pregnant women or those with a compromised immune system live in the affected homes, the water should be tested.

 

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