Lead Contaminated Water – Fast Facts About Lead in Your Drinking Water
There is no determined acceptable level of lead ingestion, especially in children. Lead comes with the added danger of bioaccumulation, meaning, it will persist in your body and build up over time. The possible effects are numerous and range from minor symptoms to major lifelong ailments, including:
- Disruptions To The Nervous System
- Cognitive Disabilities
- Growth Impairment
- Hearing Difficulties
- Sleep Issues
- Memory Loss
This, of course, is not an exhaustive list, and the existence of one is certainly not proof of exposure to lead. While there are many more symptoms, the intention of this condensed list is to express the serious nature of lead in your water.
How Does Lead Get Into Drinking Water?
The source of lead in water can usually be traced back to the interior infrastructure of a given building or home. Specifically, it is more likely to occur in commercial settings or homes that were built before 1the 90’s. These homes are equipped with lead-soldered pipes that are vulnerable to corrosion and the release of eroded natural elements into the water the pipe carries.
The nature of the water itself is also an important element to consider. If a given water supply is highly acidic and low in mineral content it is more likely to erode the materials inside of pipes. Water suppliers have addressed this concern by treating their source water with additives reducing its acidity.
How to Reduce Lead in Your Drinking Water
If you’re asking yourself how to reduce lead in water, there are a few steps you can take to assure that your water is safe to drink.
First and foremost, contact your municipality to request their current water quality report. Every water supplier is required to have this analysis performed yearly by a third-party lab. Next, have your own water tested, especially if your structure was built before the 1990’s.
Aside from testing, it is always a good idea to flush your pipes before drinking. Simply, let the cold water (never use hot water for consumption) run for a few seconds before filling your glass, pot or pitcher. Keep in mind that boiling water is not effective in the case of lead.
With all that said, if you are still unsure, use a water filter or bottled water instead. Water filters are suitable for removing lead and for that matter a myriad of other contaminants. Bottled water is not exposed to lead soldered infrastructure eliminating the concern.
There is no fail-proof method but, in the case of lead water, filters or bottled water is an excellent way to ease your worry.
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