Lead in Your Water

Lead in your water

Lead in Your Water

Lead in your water can be a serious issue. In fact, both adults and children who are exposed to lead can experience some serious side effects. Therefore, it is important to have your water tested for lead and to take steps to prevent yourself from being exposed to it.

Side Effects of Lead Exposure

For adults, the potential side effects of lead exposure include:

  • Decreased Kidney Function
  • Increased Blood Pressure
  • Reproductive Problems

In children, lead exposure can also lead to a number of problems. Some of these include:

  • Behavior Issues
  • Decreased IQ
  • Hearing Problems

Even death is a possible side effect of lead exposure in children. Therefore, it is essential to have your water tested and to be sure it is free from lead. 

Having Your Water Tested

For those who get their water from a city supply, there is no need to test your water on your own. This is because the water is tested regularly by the city to ensure it does not have contaminants such as lead. If you have well water, however, you will need to have your water tested yourself to be sure it is safe. 

To check on the quality of your water, you can check with your local health department to find out if contaminants are a concern in your area. You can also have it specifically tested for lead. Keep in mind that you cannot smell, taste or see lead that has dissolved in water. Therefore, testing is the only way that you can be sure if it contains lead or not. 

Minimizing Your Risks

There are also several steps that you can take to minimize your risk of being exposed to lead in your water. For example, you can use cold water from the tap for drinking. You can also flush your pipes before using water for consumption by running your tap, taking a shower or doing a load of laundry or dishes. 

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