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The Roman's used lead and clay piping meant for potable water that maintained 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 extremely flexible and extremely durable which usually made it an ideal piping materials. In fact lead wiping was considered an art form. The use of business lead for potable water reduced sharply after WW II because of the dangers of lead poisoning. There is still some equipment with regards to the harmfulness of business lead water services being used. Several testing was done in the past and it was found which the service calcified so quickly very little if any lead leeched through the calcification having said that lead services are no longer utilized and are still being replaced today in some of our larger elderly cities across the US.

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