16 thoughts on “Concerns About Lead Sampling Methods That Underestimate Consumer Exposure, Spread Nationally; Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou’s Letter To Philadelphia Residents

  1. The unfortunate events in Flint serve to highlight the erosion of public confidence w/in our elected officials on matters related to public health. The “manipulation” of sampling methodology is but one example of “intent of malice”
    The sampling methods for lead in water parallel the sampling techniques for Legionella as well, and are therefore also vulnerable to manipulation.
    Vigilance is paramount as the “devil-is-in-the-details”.

  2. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jan/22/water-lead-content-tests-us-authorities-distorting-flint-crisis

    Interesting Canadian comments on above article: I live in Western Canada, and even here, one can find older homes with Galvanized Steel pipe, with dodgy lead soldering. I have bought and renovated 7 houses over the years, and had to rip the old piping out of 4 of them. Insurance Companies in Canada will not even cover houses with pipes older than 30 years now, because of the risk of catastrophic failure and flooding, never mind the Lead Poisoning risk. I feel for those people in old homes who are at greatest risk for the lead poisoning, but I can say from experience, that there is an economical and durable replacement for the old pipes today. IPEX flexible plastic piping is commonly used to replace the old Glavanized Steel, and it is bloody MARVELOUS compared to copper! No soldering, all joints are securely crimped, it is easily cut to size, freeze-proof and very economical. I’ve done a fair bit of renovation plumbing with this product, and highly recommend it to other DIY enthusiasts.

    • Thanks for your comments, Margot. Just wondering, what fittings do IPEX piping generally use, also brass or their own plastic fittings?

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