Center for Disease Control Cautions Public About Lead in Drinking Water
The CDC has recently updated its published articles regarding Lead Levels in Drinking Water. From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention: “Measures taken during the last two decades have greatly reduced exposures to lead in tap water. These measures include actions taken under the requirements of the 1986 and 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Lead and Copper Rule. Even so, lead still can be found in some metal water taps, interior water pipes, or pipes connecting a house to the main water pipe in the street. Lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of older fixtures or from the solder that connects pipes. When water sits in leaded pipes for several hours, lead can leach into the water supply.”
How Do You Know if Your Water is Contaminated?The Center for Disease Control and Prevention goes on to say: “The only way to know whether your tap water contains lead is to have it tested. You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. Therefore, you must ask your water provider whether your water has lead in it. For homes served by public water systems, data on lead in tap water may be available on the Internet from your local water authority. If your water provider does not post this information, you should call and find out.”
What Should You Do if You Have Lead in Your Drinking Water?The Goverment recommends this steps:
- Water for drinking or cooking should only come from the cold water tap. Warm or hot water can contain much higher levels of lead. Boiling water will NOT reduce the amount of lead in your water.
- You can also reduce or eliminate your exposure to lead in drinking water by drinking and cooking with only bottled water* or water from a filtration system.
*The CDC also states that “some bottled waters have not been tested and may not be appropriate for consumption. Contact independent testing organizations that certify bottled water.”
- Pregnant women and children are especially vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure. Consequently, homes with children, pregnant women, or women planning to become pregnant whose water lead levels exceed the EPA’s action level of 15 ppb, CDC recommends using bottled water or water from a filtration system to reduce or eliminate lead for cooking, drinking, and baby formula preparation.