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INVESTIGATION: City working to identify lead pipes in water system

Hundreds of homes and businesses in Dayton are connected to water pipes made of lead, a toxic metal that could cause neurological, developmental and gastrointestinal issues in people — especially in children and pregnant women — who consume the poisonous substance.

Most home or business owners aren’t aware of the danger, but a new state law forces cities like Dayton to better communicate the possibility through a tightened water drinking quality reporting process.

The new law comes on the heels of a devastating lead contamination last year in Sebring, a small town between Youngstown and Canton. Several houses in the village tested for levels of lead and copper that dramatically exceeded U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

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