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Gina Cyprych, acting head of water quality for the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority holds up an old lead drinking water pipe. (Reid Frazier/Allegheny Front)
Gina Cyprych, acting head of water quality for the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority holds up an old lead drinking water pipe. (Reid Frazier/Allegheny Front)
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Pittsburgh’s water is failing EPA standards for lead. At least one local official has called it a "public health crisis." The reason why lead levels are over the limit is still unclear.

The Allegheny Front’s Reid Frazier (@reidfrazier) reports that most observers agree one key decision played a role: the change to a cheaper, less effective chemical to keep lead out of water.

This story is part of a public media collaboration, Hidden Poison, looking at Pittsburgh's lead problem produced by WESA, The Allegheny Front, PublicSource and Keystone Crossroads.

This segment aired on April 13, 2017.

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