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Lead in Drinking Water for small supply systems

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The problem of lead in drinking water is most-publicized for the larger water supply systems of Cities and Towns, particularly the older districts, where lead piping was often used to connect houses to a municipal water supply system and for internal plumbing, unto the early 1980s (generally). The problem is more closely associated with the longer established industrialized and urbanized countries.

The same risk to individuals is present in smaller towns, villages and more wide-spread rural areas. Individual houses or small groups of houses with their own independent water supply can also have a problem if lead pipes are in use. Because small systems have less funding for monitoring or necessary corrective action, in many instances problems can be more severe, and have a bearing on the economic balance of corrective actions and the way in which problems are assessed.

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