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Published June 13, 2013, 06:05 PM

Jugs of water helping Moorhead Public Service look for lead

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - You may be seeing plastic jugs full of water on the steps of some Moorhead homes in the coming days.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - You may be seeing plastic jugs full of water on the steps of some Moorhead homes in the coming days.

That's because Moorhead Public Service is gathering samples in the city to test for lead. It is part of an EPA and Minnesota Department of Health effort to stay on top of the lead poisoning prevention program.

Anne Savereide is spending part of her summer away from Concordia driving the streets of Moorhead in search of water jugs.

Anne Savereide, Moorhead Public Service: “Fill it up, set it out on their porch and I pick it up.”

For the past several days, Anne, through the Moorhead Public Service Department, has been leaving empty bottle for some homeowners to fill for testing.

Savereide: “The reason we cannot take it ourself, because we want it to be the first draw of the day. That is the water that has been in the pipes for six days.”

All part of an effort to test the water in some of Moorhead's more established neighborhoods…

Savereide: “This gets sent to the state.”

Where there still may be some lead water service pipes around.

Christopher Knutson, Moorhead Public Service: “It is required that we monitor it but it has not been a problem in the past.”

Some cities across the country have endured water line replacement programs because of lead but Moorhead numbers have been good. But many homeowners want the surveillance and testing to continue.

Joel Vadnie, Moorhead Resident: “With young people coming up now and it is good for them and us old guys too, to know.”

Each year 800 children and 400 adults are diagnosed with lead poisoning in Minnesota each year. Programs like this work to keep those numbers dropping.

The Minnesota Department of Health is a wealth of information on lead poisoning prevention. We have made a link to that information on WDAY.com.

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