Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Replacing Lead Lines Is the Smartest Solution

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Replacing Lead Lines Is the Smartest Solution

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Regarding "Welch Criticizes Peduto Over PWSA Issues" (April 14): Pittsburgh mayoral candidate John Welch wants to save the city and its residents money. He believes that installing point-of-entry filter systems at every affected property would be less costly than replacing the lead pipes in the city's water system and lead pipes entering the affected properties. He also believes that spending money on point-of-use filters on water carafes is money simply wasted.

He is wrong on both counts. The filters on carafes are a stopgap measure to prevent lead contamination of water used for both drinking and cooking. Remediation, even with point-of-entry filter systems, will take time. Second, point-of-entry systems must be maintained to be effective, while installation of lead-free pipes has no special maintenance costs. …

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