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Lead In Drinking Water
How do I know if there's lead in my drinking water? How can you protect your family from lead? The most cost effective way to protect your family is to use a Reverse Osmosis or Filtration System.

Lead In Drinking Water

How do I know if there's lead
in my drinking water?

Posted at 4:28 pm• 30 Jul• Tracie Benefiel • Lead and Drinking Water

You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. You must have your water tested in order to know if it has lead in it. For homes served by public water systems, data on lead in tap water may be available on the internet from your local water authority. However, if you have any lead pipes, faucets, or fixtures these will not be taken into account. It is always best to have your water tested for the most accurate levels.

Even at very low levels of lead exposure children can experience reduced I.Q. levels, impaired hearing, and reduced attention spans and poor classroom performance. At higher levels, lead can cause damage to the brain and central nervous system, interfering with both learning and physical growth.

EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

How can you protect your
family from lead?

The WQA (Water Quality Association) recommends either reverse osmosis or water filtration systems, which are designed for lead reduction. Rather than purchasing costly bottled water, this is the most cost effective way to protect your family. These types of systems will greatly reduce lead in your drinking water by up to 99% depending on the system you choose.

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Facts Regarding Lead

Lead can enter drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that corrodes pipes and fixtures. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes are also at risk: even legally "lead-free" plumbing may contain up to eight percent lead.

Beginning January 2014, changes to the Safe Drinking Water Act further reduced the maximum allowable lead content of pipes, pipe fittings, plumbing fittings, and fixtures to 0.25 percent. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, where significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water.

Corrosion is a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and your plumbing. A number of factors are involved in the extent to which lead enters the water including the chemistry of the water (acidity and alkalinity), the amount of lead it comes into contact with, how long the water stays in the plumbing materials, and the presence of protective scales or coatings inside the plumbing materials. To address corrosion of lead and copper into drinking water, EPA issued the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act. The LCR requires corrosion control treatment to prevent lead and copper from contaminating drinking water. Corrosion control treatment means systems must make drinking water less corrosive to the materials it comes into contact with on its way to consumers' taps.

EPA (United States Environmental Protection Agency)

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