Lead contamination goes far beyond Flint, Michigan

Nearly five years after the city of Flint, Michigan, confronted a contaminated water supply, lead in water continues to be a problem around the US.

There are many different contaminants that can be found in water, from E. coli to materials like iron or manganese. For the latest Verge Science video, we decided to focus on lead, which gets into our water a lot closer to home than you might think.

In New York City, where many of The Verge’s staff live, the city’s water quality is a point of pride. It gets regularly tested for contaminants as it makes its way from distant reservoirs to our pipes, and it has won awards and taste tests. This water doesn’t have lead when it enters the city’s water system, but some older buildings and homes in…

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