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News Journal: Water official says Delaware lead issues nowhere near Flint's

At 20 locations in Delaware since 2012, drinking water tests revealed lead levels above the federally set threshold of 15 parts per billion. State officials don't believe this signals a reason for alarm because failed tests are fairly commonplace; what they are concerned about is the response that follows.

Only one of the 26 threshold-breaking test results since 2012 occurred in a major municipal water system. Testing in 2012 at a few residences in New Castle, which serves 6,000 customers, showed above-tolerable lead levels, and the city has since implemented corrective measures and additional monitoring.

The other locations were smaller, but included churches, schools, businesses, mobile home parks and residential subdivisions.

A few — including New Castle, Club Village near Georgetown, and the Edward W. Pyle State Service Center in Frankford — are still testing their water on a six-month schedule used to monitor systems following discovery of high lead levels. The rest, Delaware Office of Drinking Water Administrator Ed Hallock said, have resolved their issues.