Despite What You May Have Heard, Lewiston Maine’s Water Does Not Contain Lead
Lewiston may have a reputation for being called "The Dirty Lew," but Maine's second-largest city wants you to know that their water is most definitely not dirty.
Two weeks ago, five schools in Lewiston showed high levels of lead in routine testing according to WMTW. Those schools were Montello Elementary, Farwell Elementary, McMahon Elementary, Longley School and the Lewiston Regional Technical Center.
Understandably, some Lewiston residents became concerned that if the school's water contained high amounts of lead that the water in their homes might as well. Luckily, that's not the case.
According to a Facebook post by the City of Lewiston, the lead found in the water at the five Lewiston schools was due to internal plumbing and faucets and is not part of the Lewiston water supply. Lake Auburn is the water source for the Lewiston-Auburn area and has been since 1887. The quality of Lake Auburn water is exceptional. So much so that it is one of only eleven water sources in Maine that is not required to be filtered before it reaches homes.
The real concern with lead in drinking water is the plumbing within the buildings, and that is being dealt with the school department.
However, the City of Lewiston does recommend those that have homes older pipes to take some steps to minimize exposure to lead that could be caused by those older pipes:
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