Since Flint, Michigan’s water woes hit the news, the general public has become increasingly aware of the health risks associated with lead-contaminated drinking water. The media initially treated Flint as an isolated incident, but as journalists dug deeper, we learned excessive levels of lead afflict water systems across the country.
Perhaps the most damning report came from USA Today, which revealed over 2,000 water systems across all fifty states contained excessive levels of lead, affecting up to six million adults and children. Suddenly, learning how to remove lead in water became a national concern. Because of the crisis across the nation, Pelican Water has created a chart that details the 3 major water quality issues by state to help the public understand their risk level.
Even if your local water supply has a clean bill of health, you might still be drinking lead-contaminated water. Homes build prior to 1986 often have lead plumbing pipes. Newer homes aren’t necessarily safe either: until 2014 the legal limit for lead in supposedly lead-free pipes was eight percent, and soldering used to connect plumbing pipes contains lead that can leach into water.
How to Test for Lead in Water
If you receive water from a public water source, your water supplier may be willing to come to your home and test your water. Even so, it’s prudent to confirm their results with a test of your own. If you receive your water from a private well, you are solely responsible for testing your water for lead or other contaminants.
Testing for lead is an excellent time to test for other common waterborne contaminants. Pelican’s Complete WaterCheck 32 Water Test Kit checks your water for a range of common problems, including chloride, arsenic, TDS, fluoride, and lead.
How to test for lead in water is easy. Simply follow the instructions on your water test package. We recommend using “first-draw” water when testing for lead—meaning water that has sat undisturbed all night. This allows lead to build up in the water, making its presence easy to detect.
How to Remove Lead in Water
Should your water test come back positive, you need to discover the source of the problem. If home plumbing is the culprit, the most obvious solution is to replace all plumbing with safer plastic PVC or PEX pipes. This is a significant expense however, not to mention the inconvenience a major home renovation brings.
Fortunately, an alternative exists. Lead must be ingested to be harmful, so only needs to be filtered out of drinking and cooking water. Pelican Water offers various filtration options for lead, including including EZConnect compact lead & fluoride filter systems and a Drinking Water Purifier. All options reduce lead and can install within minutes.
The children of Flint face a future of learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and lifelong health thanks to the presence of lead in their drinking water, and they and their parents now have an increased risk of kidney disease, cancer, strokes, and hypertension. A simple water test reveals if your own family is at risk. You owe it to yourself to check.
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