Exposed Lead Paint Tainted Drinking Water

A small town in eastern Virginia is the site of a brewing controversy over a water tank that was allegedly exposing residents to lead—even a year after the dangers were first uncovered.

A water tower in Waverly, VA, one of two supplying drinking water to the town, was subject to a coating failure that exposed a lead-based primer. A representative of the Virginia Department of Health told the newspaper that town officials knew about the problem for at least a year before shutting down the tank.