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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lead in our drinking water is a serious health concern, particularly for children and pregnant women or nursing mothers. Exposure to lead-contaminated water can affect the brain, the central nervous system, blood cells, and kidneys. Causing mental retardation, kidney disease, heart disease, stroke, forgetfulness, tiredness, headaches, muscle weakness and even may cause death. Exposure to lead in the water supply has also been shown to have increased miscarriages and stillbirths. Infant exposure to lead may cause health problems like slowed development, mental retardation, kidney disease and hearing loss. Children’s digestive system absorbs up to 50% of the lead they ingest. The high retention occurs from birth to age 6 when the brain is developing and lead interferes with its development.

The only way we will know if there is lead in our drinking water is to test for lead in your water. To determin the highest levels of lead exposure, the sample should be taken from the tap after water has been held in the pipes for several hours or overnight. A second sample, taken after the water has flowed for three to five minutes. Most lead in drinking water comes from lead lined pipes lead solder and brass plumbing fixtures inside your home. Lead levels are likely to be highest if your home has faucets or fittings of brass which contain some lead or your home has lead pipes or copper pipes with solder which contains lead.

Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. However, new homes are also at risk even “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead. The EPA estimates that 98% of all homes have pipes, fixtures or solder joints in the household plumbing that can contribute some level of lead in the tap water. You should purchase a water filter that will remove lead from your drinking water, most water filters will remove 99% of lead from your water. You can purchase a whole house water filter which is a point of entery filter it will filter all the water coming into your home, or you can purchase a point of use water filter such as a countertop, undersink, shower, or pitcher water filter which filters just the faucet it is hooked up to in your home. You will have a peice of mind that you and your loved ones are drinking and bathing in contaminante free water.


by: Chris Tracey


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