Many countries are adopting remediation programs as a result of the new water quality standards. The problem lies in who is responsible for the remediation.
In most cases, the city is only responsible for the “public” sections of the piping system, which include the Municipal Water Main and only the portion of the service line from the municipal main to the homeowners’ property line. Any piping located on the homeowners’ property is the responsibility of the homeowner. Even if the City remediates the public section of the piping, this does not alleviate the issue of lead in the drinking water, and in most cases, can in fact cause higher levels of lead in the homeowners’ water supply.
If you are a renter, the owner of your residence may be responsible for the quality of water pipes within the building you occupy or use. Check with your lanlord or local housing council on persons responsible for your property.
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