You might want to have your water pipes checked considering the recent findings of lead contamination that has been found in various school water across the country. While lead is present in many places; air, food, dust and dirt, studies show that an average of 15% – 20% of your total lead intake comes from drinking water.
The problem emerges not from the water source but often from aging water pipes especially those that were build with lead long before the EPA ban in 1986. For example, when the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water source from lake water to the Flint river, they did not consider the high acidity levels of the river water than the lake which then led to corroding of pipes and the seeping of lead into the water.
Exposure to lead has been shown to cause harmful health issues with a heightened risk on young children and workers. It has been shown to cause damage to developing brains of fetuses while high blood lead levels can cause convulsions, comma and even death.
Although previous studies had suggested that toxic lead levels were 10 micrograms per deciliter, CDC – Center for Disease Control has revised that to 5 mcg /dl as the levels that can cause harmful health effects on children development, learning and behavior. Besides having your pipes checked, you can have your water tested for lead or ask your water provider whether your water has lead in it.