MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee’s mayor wants people who own old homes to install faucet filters to remove lead from tap water.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported (http://bit.ly/2bYLvKc ) Mayor Tom Barrett said Wednesday that homes built before 1951 should have filters.

About 70,000 residences get water from mains through lead pipes. Milwaukee treats Lake Michigan water to control corrosion of lead from those pipes and prevent contamination. But Marc Edwards, a Virginia Tech civil engineering professor, said the process doesn’t guarantee clean water.

The Journal Sentinel reported in June that absent disturbances from construction work, federally mandated tests confirmed city water is safe. Asked if that was still the case, a Barrett spokesman responded with a statement from the mayor saying lead isn’t found in Milwaukee’s source water or as water leaves treatment plants.


Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com