The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and health experts agree that no amount of lead is safe to consume. It can be especially harmful to children. However, millions of consumers are still drinking water with lead. A 2016 analysis found many violations to the Lead and Copper Rule, potentially affecting more than 18 million consumers. The Lead and Copper Rule requires public water systems to test for lead in the water supply periodically.
How Does Lead Get In Water?
Before the 1970s, the plumbing in most cities and homes consisted of a network of lead pipes connected to various water mains throughout the city that delivers water to homes and businesses. Many of those lead pipes have been in existence for over 50 years or more. While many cities have since replaced most or all of their lead pipes, it is still prevalent in many major cities and older homes around the country. As the pipes and plumbing fixtures decay, the lead leaches into the water supply. Homeowners with private wells connected to plumbing that contains lead are also at significant risk for lead-contaminated water.
Can Lead Make You Sick?
Exposure to lead can cause health problems, especially in children and women who are pregnant. Even small levels of lead are unsafe to drink. Lead continues to accumulate in the body and can eventually result in lead poisoning. Some of the symptoms of lead poisoning include fatigue, irritability, abdominal pain, headache, and memory loss, to name a few.
How do I know if there is lead in my water?
A water test from The Water Source is a quick and simple way to determine if lead is present in your drinking water. Our water test will also determine the amount of lead and any other harmful contaminants in your water.
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