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I am a tenant in an apartment complex. My water is leaving

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I am a tenant in an apartment complex. My water is leaving black residue at the water line in the toilet. There is mildew in the toilet tank. Black residue is visible approx 1 week after cleaning. Water is extremely hard. How can I test the water in my apartment to make sure it is safe for consumption. The tap water is cloudy when you fill a glass from the tap. I am concerned for the health of my family. They turned the water off 1 week ago, for 4 hours when it was turned on, it was yellow coming out of the tap. Also the water line in the toilet has a this slimy residue that must be scrubbed hard to remove it. My lease is up the end of this month, I cannot afford to move at this time. I am told that my rent will increase 25$ at the next signing. And there is more.
JA: OK. The Real Estate Lawyer will need to help you with this. Have you talked to a lawyer yet?
Customer: No.
JA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?
Customer: When I first moved in, My apartment had a gas leak which caused management to evacuate our building, and move me to another unit. The gas leak was ongoing for over a week prior to them relocating me. The gas company made 3 visits prior to my relocation. I have a log of complaints against management that I have maintained during my stay here.
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Real Estate Law
Expert:  Phillips Esq. replied 3 months ago.

You need to contact your Town/State water and sewer department about the issue and for testing of the water.

You also need to contact the State's health and environment departments about your problems. Furthermore, you should contact the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

In the meantime, you can use the following link to find EPA approved water testing labs:

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