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The Roman's used lead and clay piping for potable water that serviced private homes, amphitheaters, and bathhouses throughout the Roman Empire. In fact lead was still the predominant metal used for 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 material. In fact lead wiping was considered an art form. The use of lead for potable water declined sharply after WW 2 because of the dangers of lead poisoning. There is still some controversy with regards to the harmfulness of business lead water services being used. Several testing was done several years ago and it was found that service calcified so quickly very little if any lead leeched through the calcification having said that lead services are no longer applied and are still being replaced today in some of our larger elderly cities across the US.

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