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The Roman's used lead and clay piping intended for potable water that maintained private homes, amphitheaters, and bathhouses throughout the Roman Disposition. In fact lead was still the predominant metal used for normal water services servicing homes and businesses in the US up until WW II. Lead was very flexible and extremely durable which made it an ideal piping materials. In fact lead wiping was considered an art form. The use of business lead for potable water dropped sharply after WW 2 because of the dangers of lead poisoning. There is still some equipment with regards to the harmfulness of business lead water services being used. A lot of testing was done several years ago and it was found that your service calcified so quickly very little if any business lead leeched through the calcification having said that lead services are no longer applied and are still being replaced even today in some of our larger elderly cities across the US.

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