The Boston Water and Sewer Commission says most Boston residents can ignore the ominous, if vague, e-mail message they got yesterday warning them that its "lead and copper sampling results exceeded the acceptable action level in 2020."
In fact, the commission followed up today, after receiving lots of inquiries, Boston's water is lead free.
The issue is that some older homes still use lead pipes or pipes soldered with lead - to connect BWSC water mains to their homes, or maybe they're still using original brass fixtures made with lead, and it's people living in those homes who have a potential issue, one that was found by sampling in the fall of 2020.
People who either have lead pipes, or who are not sure but who live in homes built before 1950, should take two steps, the commission says: Run their water for a couple of minutes first thing in the morning, before drinking or cooking to clear out any lead that might have been leached out overnight; and consider getting their old pipes replaced.
The commission has a program to reimburse homeowners up to $2,000 for the work; for more info, call 617-989-7888.
Everybody else can stop worrying about that e-mail.