Lead In Tap Water

Today not many people drink tap water, usually dismissing it as “not clean enough”. Although this can be true, people still use tap water for many other things such as washing vegetables and fruits, cooking, and boiling it to be used for coffee or tea. The fact of the matter is that tap water does indeed have the risk of being contaminated. Lead being the most dangerous risk has actually been eliminated from most plumbing pipes, fixtures, and fittings since the Assembly Bill was enacted in 1953, which enforced the maximum possible of lead allowed in a component to 0.25%.

Water delivered from our reservoirs is lead-free but it’s the small amounts of lead in fixtures and pipes in the plumbing of older homes and buildings that can get into tap water. Not only does lead have the ability of getting into our water but lead levels can increase dangerously when water sits in pipes and faucets for several hours when no one is using fixtures.

Although being exposed to lead at first is hard to detect because it usually requires a high accumulation, the following are symptoms of lead poisoning:

  • Abdominal pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Mood disorders
  • Muscle pain or numbness
  • Joint pains
  • Constipation
    The following are symptoms of lead poisoning in children:

  • Weight loss & loss of appetite
  • Learning difficulties
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Development problems
  • Fatigue
    Here are a few steps to take to reduce the potential of exposure to lead:

  • Have your tap water tested for lead. Especially when buying a new house.
  • Always use cold water for cooking or drinking.
  • Do not use hot water, hot water carries a higher risk of having lead.
  • When using said cold water for the first time of each single day, let it run for 30 seconds first.
  • Purchase a certified filtration system. A filtration system is able to remove 100% of all contamination’s that can be found in tap water.
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