Does it matter when my house was built?

Homes built prior to 1975 were more likely to contain lead products during construction. Lead-based solder continued to be used for plumbing until the mid-80s. Cochrane’s water distribution system was developed in the 1950s and 60s, when the most common material used was copper. Before that, most existing homes were on private wells; when they were tied into the Town’s water infrastructure, it was with copper pipes.

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1. Why is testing taking place?
2. How will I know if I’m selected?
3. Is our drinking water safe?
4. How does lead get into tap water?
5. Does it matter when my house was built?
6. What steps can I take to mitigate lead in drinking water?