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Groundwater Contamination: Lead


Detecting and Treating Lead in Water

EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Taking action to reduce these exposures can improve outcomes. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children.

What is it?

Lead is a toxic heavy metal that can be present in drinking water, posing serious health risks, especially for children and pregnant women. Exposure to lead can lead to developmental issues, neurological damage, and other health problems.

Where does it come from?

Lead can enter drinking water primarily through corrosion of plumbing materials, especially pipes and fixtures made of lead or containing lead solder. Older homes with lead pipes or plumbing components are more at risk, but lead contamination can occur in any water system with lead-containing infrastructure.

Is it a health hazard?

Yes, lead is a significant health hazard. Even low levels of lead exposure can cause irreversible damage, particularly in developing fetuses and young children. It can affect the nervous system, kidneys, and other organs. Long-term exposure to lead in drinking water can lead to serious health issues.

When should I test?

Testing for lead in drinking water is recommended, especially if you live in an older home built before lead plumbing restrictions were implemented. If you notice changes in the taste, color, or odor of your water, or if you have concerns about the plumbing materials in your home, it’s advisable to conduct lead testing. Public water suppliers typically monitor lead levels, but homeowners with private wells should arrange independent testing.

If my water tests positive, what should I do next?

If your water tests positive for lead, there are several steps you can take:

Immediately stop using water for drinking or cooking: Use alternative sources of water until the issue is addressed.

If you have children: Get them tested to determine lead levels in their blood

Identify and replace lead pipes or plumbing components: If lead pipes or fixtures are identified, consider replacing them with lead-free alternatives.

Contact U.S. Water: We can provide certified laboratory testing and filtration systems specifically designed to reduce lead levels can be installed at the point of use (e.g., under the sink or on faucets).

Regularly flush the system: Run cold water taps for a few minutes before using water for drinking or cooking to help reduce lead concentrations.

It’s crucial to act promptly if lead is detected in your water, as long-term exposure can have severe health consequences. Regular monitoring, preventive measures, and seeking professional guidance are essential for ensuring safe drinking water in the presence of lead.

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The Right Solution Starts with an Accurate Test

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