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Olathe neighborhood’s water is safe after tests find no elevated lead levels

Olathe city workers delivered bottled water door to door in the Ridgeview South neighborhood Wednesday. City officials announced Friday that tap water was safe and that initial field tests showing elevated lead were false.
Olathe city workers delivered bottled water door to door in the Ridgeview South neighborhood Wednesday. City officials announced Friday that tap water was safe and that initial field tests showing elevated lead were false.

Lab tests released Friday confirmed that tap water in a central Olathe neighborhood showed no elevated lead levels, according to city officials.

Earlier this week, the city warned residents of the Ridgeview South neighborhood of possible high lead levels in a water line that was replaced last summer. Workers had found alarming results in a follow-up test of the new line.

City officials said the test could be a false positive, but distributed bottled water to residents and conducted more tests on water from taps at 105 houses in the neighborhood.

On Friday, the city announced that lab tests of 79 water samples showed no elevated lead, according to a statement Friday by Tim Danneberg, a spokesman for the city. Not all of the tests were completed.

City workers will notify residents of the results from water samples collected Wednesday. Samples collected Thursday are still being tested.

Some residents had expressed alarm this week when the city asked them to avoid drinking the water or using it for cooking.

Olathe officials said they wanted to err on the side of caution, considering water safety issues in other parts of the country.

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