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Lead found in private water supplies, testing encouraged

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A local push to test private water supplies reveals surprising results about what's coming out of the tap.

The Virginia Household Water Quality program has been holding drinking water clinics throughout Southwest Virginia to help people test their water. They found in more than 20% of samples, levels of lead above what's called the "health and action level" which is set by the Environmental Protection Agency for public water supplies.

Virginia Cooperative Extension officials say they were surprised to find high levels in not just older homes but newer homes as well. "We're finding this in private water supplied homes which is concerning because a lot of people aren't testing the water," Senior Extension Associate Erin Ling.

Experts say if you rely on water from a well, spring or cistern, it's easy to have your water tested through a private company or through one of the upcoming clinics. A clinic will be held tonight at 6:00 at the South County Library in Roanoke. Participants will be given a kit and instructions for collecting their own samples and dropping them off. They will also be guided through the results.

You can find information on other clinics here.

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