published on June 14, 2016 - 12:46 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

City of Fresno officials will hold a community meeting tonight to update District 6 residents on the City’s investigation into discolored and lead-tainted water plaguing some of the district’s residences.

The meeting, which starts at 5:30 p.m., will take place at Kastner Intermediate School, located at 7676 N. First St.

City Manager Bruce Rudd, District 6 Councilman Lee Brand and representatives from the California Water Resources Control Board are expected to attend the meeting, which is a follow up to a community meeting held April 26 that drew nearly 300 people.

City officials began an investigation into the issue earlier this year after receiving reports from about 260 District 6 residents regarding discolored water coming out of their taps.

According to Mark Standriff, Fresno’s communications director, about 280 north Fresno homeowners have requested that their water be tested.

“So far, we’ve tested 164 homes,” Standriff confirmed Tuesday afternoon prior to the meeting.

“At 39 of the homes, we found elevated lead levels,” Standriff said, adding that those lead levels registered above 15 parts per billion.

Standriff said no lead has been detected in the city’s groundwater supply and city officials suspect galvanized water pipes or specific galvanized plumbing fixtures at the individual residences are causing the problems.

“About half of the homes reporting problems were built between 1990 and 1999,” Standriff added.

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