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Otago residents get free blood tests to see if lead in water will have chronic effects

Free blood tests will be rolled out today in two east Otago towns to determine whether lead in the water supply will have any chronic effects.

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The tests are hoped to determine if lead detected in the water supply will have any chronic effects. Source: Breakfast

Elevated lead levels in Waikouaiti and Karitāne were first detected almost six months ago, with one result registering nearly 40-times the acceptable level.

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Blood testing in Otago towns next week after high lead levels found in drinking water

A no-drink order was only issued last week after many gaffes, including a council email containing crucial details unopened for weeks.

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Residents of the two towns just north of Dunedin have been warned not to use tap water until further notice. Source: 1 NEWS

The source of the contamination is still unknown.