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Adirondack Village's Drinking Water Cited for Lead

WAMC/Pat Bradley

State health officials say an Adirondack village's drinking water has too much lead.

The Adirondack Daily Enterprise reports the Department of Health sent a letter to Saranac Lake officials two weeks ago notifying them that the village is in violation for exceeding the allowable level for lead based on samples conducted earlier this year.

The agency says the state's action level for lead is 15 micrograms per liter. The tests showed the lead level for the village's drinking water was 34 micrograms per liter. The village has to notify the public within 60 days.

Village officials say they plan to notify water customers of the violation and outline a corrective action plan in time for the next billing cycle.

The village's wastewater treatment plant operator is in the process of resolving the problem.

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