Lead in your water

In recent years, conversations about lead-contaminated water have been increasing. With examples such as Flint, Michigan and Newark, New Jersey; we see the importance of having better and safer water. 

How does lead get into your water?

As water travels to your home, it is possible that chemical reactions can occur between the water itself and the plumbing materials that are used in the pipes and faucets. These reactions can corrode the metal pipes, fixtures, and joining agents (solder) introducing these metals, including lead, into the water supply. This typically happens in older pipes as they age. 

There is not a taste or smell associated with lead in drinking water, so it may be difficult to realize you might be at risk for lead contamination. One of the best ways to find out if you are at risk is to contact your water provider and ask about the plumbing that comes into your home. It is important to determine your potential exposure to lead in drinking water to take proper actions. 

 

How to Reduce Lead Exposure

According to the EPA, city-supplied water can have lead levels up to 15 Parts Per Billion (ppb) before corrective action must be taken; but they also state that anything above zero ppb can be potentially hazardous, especially to children. If you believe that your child has had exposure to lead in drinking water, contact your healthcare provider who will help recommend further actions. 

If you do not have a water filtration system in your home, the CDC recommends to thoroughly flush your plumbing of water that has been sitting in the pipes. This can be done by running cold water for 1-2 minutes before use for drinking or cooking. Hot tap water can have higher amounts of lead.

How can Kinetico help with lead in water?

You can protect the water that you and your family drink at home is to install a water filtration device. Reverse Osmosis is one of the most effective ways to reduce lead in your water supply. Kinetico’s reverse osmosis systems, like the K5 Drinking Water Station, is third-party certified to significantly reduce lead in water at your home. 

 

Contact your Kinetico water expert today and schedule a water test to learn more about your water and how Kinetico can help.