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    Published: May 8, 2017

    Growing Lead and Fluoride Concerns Across the U.S.

    Three years ago most Americans probably didn’t suspect that dangerous amounts of lead, a toxic heavy metal, could be lurking in their drinking water. But that was before the devastating lead contamination in Flint became a national news fixture.

    Lead can find its way into your water through a variety of methods. Often, lead contamination is a result of decades-old service pipes degrading. As this handy, GIF-laden article from TIME demonstrates, a strong concentration of chloride in your drinking water can activate corrosion in your service pipes, causing lead to seep into your water supply.

    In addition, the water supply itself may contain lead, and not be properly treated by the agencies responsible for our water quality. In Flint, government negligence and malaise has led to a crippling water quality problem that has still not been corrected years after it began. We know that lead is being detected in areas outside of Flint as well. Our country’s poor water infrastructure is a well-documented national concern; what can we do about this mounting lead problem?

    The Environmental Protection Agency states that the maximum level of lead allowed in drinking water is zero, or none at all, because of how harmful lead can be even at low levels. Lead can cause significant nervous system damage, especially in children. Drinking lead-contaminated water, even for a short amount of time, can lead to serious problems in children, including shorter stature, a reduced IQ, hyperactivity, hearing problems, and the development of permanent learning disabilities.

    The CDC estimates that over half a million children in the United States between the ages of 1 and 5 currently have lead in their blood at a concentration exceeding 5 micrograms per deciliter, which is the level above which public health actions are recommended. Simply put, lead is a problem across the country, and you can count yourself in the lucky few if your lead problem is actually detected and highly publicized.

    As more and more homeowners educate themselves about the potential contaminants in their drinking water they have also become concerned about fluoride. If you’ve ever heard of fluoride, you probably know that a fair amount of the substance can be found in most water in the United States. Fluoride, a chemical, is used to treat the water supply and prevent tooth decay. As of the latest year of tabulated records at the Center for Disease Control (2014), 74% of homes that receive their water from a community water source are drinking highly fluoridated water.

    More debate about the effectiveness and safety of fluoride in drinking water has been sparked in recent years. According to USA Today seven different cities around the United States held votes or debates regarding the fluoridation of their water last summer. As more citizens become educated about the potential harmful side effects, the future of fluoride in water becomes murky.

    Thankfully, the EZ-Connect compact lead and fluoride filter system from Pelican Water reduces both of these troubling contaminants in homes, apartments, RVs, townhomes, condos, and tiny homes so you and your family can confidently drink your tap water, even if you live in an area with old distribution pipes or in a city with fluoridated water. Easy to install and sized to conveniently fit in apartments, condos, and RVs, this practical solution is your best bet for protecting your children against the harmful effects of lead consumption and fluorosis. Drink water you can trust by installing a Pelican Water filter system.