With the continuing narrative of lead in water lines in Flint, Michigan, quite a few house owners throughout the nation are informed to the possibility of lead in the water in their own properties. It is not a normal situation, but in light of the news coverage, we wish to publish links to information where our Las Vegas customers may go to acquire more information regarding this plumbing issue.
Is There Lead In My Tap Water?
You may know that lead can be harmful to your health. Just how harmful depends on how much lead gets into your body and stays there. Lead can come from a number of places: old paint, contaminated soil and, to a lesser but still significant degree, drinking water. Knowing how lead gets into your tap water – and what you can do to get it out – will reduce the health risks to you and your family. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/is-there-lead-in-my-tap-water.html
If you sense you should have the water in your household tested for lead, look for a lab certified by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Also talk to the local water department to check if there are lead service lines going to your residence.
According to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority,
The best way to find out if your household tap water contains lead is to get your water tested by a lab that is DEP Certified to test household tap water for lead. DEP Certified Labs reliably test water at an affordable cost. http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/qual6leadinfo.htm#howtoreduce
Homes built before 1986 are most at risk. Since January, 2014 all newly installed pipes, fittings and fixtures must meet new lead-free requirements limiting lead to .25%. http://fox8.com/2016/01/29/here-is-how-to-make-sure-your-familys-drinking-water-is-lead-free/
In all situations, drink or cook only with water that comes out of the tap cold. Water that comes out of the tap warm or hot can contain much higher levels of lead. Boiling this water will NOT reduce the amount of lead in your water. . .
Bathing and showering should be safe for you and your children, even if the water contains lead over EPA’s action level. Human skin does not absorb lead in water. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm
The EPA offers a variety of resources here that examine these issues far more.
Once again, none of this information is intended to scare or increase any alarms for our Las Vegas Plumbing Repair customers. We just want to discuss relevant resources on this important subject.