Lead in Our Drinking Water

Lead in drinking water has been a topic of concern for a number of years. It often gets into the body via the pipes that water travels through in plumbing. This is especially a concern in houses built prior to the mid-1980s due to the materials used. It can be a serious detriment to a person’s health, particularly children and babies. This damage is usually from long-term effects from swallowing it. Those effects can include delays in mental development and kidney damage. However, there are ways to reduce the risks.

The fact that there is often substances in the fluid that comes from our kitchen and bathroom sinks is well documented. There are ways to reduce those substances and keep them from being ingested into the body. For example, you can buy a filter and fit it directly onto the faucet. If you live in an area that has tested high for metals, you can buy bottled spring water for drinking. And keep in mind that the EPA and local government agencies have been working together for years to make things safer for the population.

Although people worry about what comes out of the tap, the fact remains that lead-based paints should be more of a concern. Breathing in the fumes from those (or their dust during an renovation) is actually very toxic. Special masks should be worn and other precautions should be taken as well.

Studies have shown that metals in our plumbing can have long-term effects. Some of them include brain damage, high blood pressure, and problems with the kidneys. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any of those issues, perhaps further testing should be done to check the levels of metals in your blood.

Your local township or city government most likely has information on what kind of substances are typical where you live. They will also provide information on what is considered safe and how to reduce your risk. Being informed about the topic is the first step in the right direction. And if you are getting any new plumbing work in your home, be sure to ask the plumber about the materials being installed. It is just another aspect in being an informed consumer and could very well have an impact on your health.