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The Roman's used lead and clay piping meant for potable water that serviced private homes, amphitheaters, and bathhouses throughout the Roman Empire. In fact lead was still the predominant metal used for drinking water services servicing homes and businesses in the US up until WW II. Lead was incredibly flexible and extremely durable which made it an ideal piping material. In fact lead wiping was considered an art form. The use of business lead for potable water decreased sharply after WW II because of the dangers of lead poisoning. There is still some hot debate with regards to the harmfulness of lead water services being used. Several testing was done several years ago and it was found the fact that the service calcified so quickly very little if any lead leeched through the calcification be that as it may lead services are no longer applied and are still being replaced today in some of our larger old cities across the US.

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