Lead in Portland water exceeded federal limits
Earlier this month, normal than usual levels of lead were detected in Portland water in high risk homes. Portland’s drinking water comes from the Bull Run watershed and is minimally treated. The bureau does increase the pH level of the water to limit the water’s corrosiveness and reduce its ability to leach lead from plumbing. Officials suggest running the tap for 2 minutes or until the water gets colder, indicating that the water is coming from outside the home.

Use only cold tap water for cooking and baby formula and do not boil water to remove lead. Lead dissolves more easily in hot water. The bureau recommends asking a doctor to check children for lead and testing your water. To get a free lead test or inquire about checking a child, call the LeadLine at 503-988-4000 or visit www.leadline.org
The Oregonian