Pittsburgh's history of lead in our water, paint, and soil continues to have enormous repercussions for our public health. Hidden Poison was a March 2017 series on lead problems and solutions, reported by public media partners 90.5 WESA News, Allegheny Front, PublicSource, and Keystone Crossroads

Ivan Vranićc Hvranic / Flickr

Ivan Vranićc Hvranic / Flickr

If You Think You Have Lead Paint in Your Home, Here’s What To Do About It

Lead paint was finally banned for home use in 1978. But because so many older homes still have lead paint in them, it’s still a major hazard. 
by Kara Holsopple of Allegheny Front

Why Providing Clean Water In Pittsburgh Hinges On A Corporation

The city and the PWSA need help in fulfilling a basic public service.
by Margaret J. Krauss of Keystone Crossroads

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA News

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA News

How To Get Lead Out Of Your Water: Flushing, Filters And Lead Line Replacement

A look at how two Pittsburgh homeowners' are dealing with their lead problem.
by Liz Reid of 90.5 WESA News

Kara Holsopple / Allegheny Front

Kara Holsopple / Allegheny Front

Lead-Tainted Water is a Big Problem in Pittsburgh. So is Lead in the City’s Soil

Your land might could be contaminated from years of exposure to leaded gasoline and paint—here's how to ensure you and your family are safe.
by Kara Holsopple of Allegheny Front

Ryan Loew / PublicSource

Ryan Loew / PublicSource

Can Families And Low-Income Households Afford To Get Lead Out Of Their Water?

Solutions to lead exposure range wildly, from filtering your water up to the permanent fix of replacing the lead pipes. 
by Stephen Caruso of PublicSource

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA

What Do You Do When Your Child Has High Lead Levels?

Finding out that your kid has lead in her blood is terrifying—here's how you can start her back on a path to health.
by Liz Reid of 90.5 WESA News

Seth Perlman / AP

Seth Perlman / AP

What's The Best Way To Protect People From Lead-Tainted Drinking Water?

Corrosion control and removing lead-service lines would help, but many observers agree that current federal regulations are totally inadequate.
by Julie Grant of Allegheny Front

Margaret J. Krauss / Keystone Crossroads

Margaret J. Krauss / Keystone Crossroads

PWSA Tried To Get Lawrenceville Homeowners To Replace Their Lead Service Lines. Only One Person Did

Why is it so difficult to replace lead pipes in Pittsburgh?
by Margaret J. Krauss of Keystone Crossroads

R. Nial Bradshaw / Flickr

R. Nial Bradshaw / Flickr

Here's How To Tell If You Have Lead Pipes In Your Home

Head down to your basement and find your service line.
by Mark Brush of Michigan Radio / Allegheny Front

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA News

Liz Reid / 90.5 WESA News

Inside One Of The Labs Testing Pittsburghers' Water For Lead

How exactly do PWSA and external labs determine exactly how much lead is in your water?
by Liz Reid of 90.5 WESA News

Ryan Loew / PublicSource

Ryan Loew / PublicSource

Who Should Be Responsible For Replacing Pittsburgh’s Lead Water Pipes?

The hotly debated battle over the ownership and control of different parts of the water system has been raging for decades.
by Kristina Marusic and Stephen Caruso of PublicSource

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

Sarah Kovash / 90.5 WESA

How PWSA Fumbled Its First Attempt At Testing Customers' Water For Lead, And What's Different Now

The story and data behind PWSA's mismanaged attempts to conduct prompt lead testing for Pittsburgh customers. 
by Liz Reid of 90.5 WESA News

Reid Frazier / Allegheny Front

Reid Frazier / Allegheny Front

As in Flint, Cost-Cutting May Be To Blame For Pittsburgh's High Lead Levels

Pittsburgh has had lead pipes for a very long time, but it hasn't had a widespread problem with lead in its drinking water until recently. The reason why levels have climbed over the federal limit is still under investigation. But most observers agree that the decision to switch to a cheaper, less-effective treatment chemical likely played a major role.
by Reid Frazier of Allegheny Front

Timeline: Lead Contamination In Pittsburgh's Water

Pittsburgh's issues with lead didn't happen overnight. In this timeline, you can learn about concerns over water quality, leadership at the city's water authority and what's being done to address the problems, dating back to 2012.
by Natasha Khan and Stephen Caruso of PublicSource

Essential Reading On Lead In Pittsburgh

We've rounded up some of the best coverage on lead in Western Pennsylvania, from our partners and more.