Report: High levels of lead found in water lines leading to 4 Tacoma homes

TACOMA --  Testing by Tacoma Water found high levels of lead at water lines leading to four homes south of Lincoln High School in Tacoma, the News Tribune of Tacoma reported Wednesday night.

The newspaper said some of the samples tested above 100 parts per billion, and one was nearly 400 parts per billion. No testing was done inside homes, only in the water lines leading to the homes. It noted that the Environmental Protection Agency requires action if lead levels exceed 15 parts per billion.

The News Tribune said Tacoma Water officials were startled by the test results, reported them to the state Department of Health on Wednesday and said the utility is making plans for more testing.