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A town I am working with currently utilizes cast iron pipes with Leadite joints for their drinking water system which is approximately 80 years old. My questions are as follows: is there actually lead in the Leadite joints? If so, is there a possibility that the lead in the joints can come in contact with and contaminate the water in the pipes?
We know that New York City has a policy where they replace any pipes with Leadite joints that they encounter. We do not know if New York City does this as standard practice due to the age of the pipes or because it is a preventative measure to ensure no future contamination. Should the town in question also replace their pipes in a similar fashion?
Does anyone here have any experience with Leadite joints? Should contamination from the Leadite joints be a concern? How would you approach this situation with health concerns as well as expense in mind?Thank you.