Lead Pipes: The Increasing Issue With Our Water Supply

Lead Pipes: The Increasing Issue With Our Water Supply

As our water distribution system ages, and as various treatments cause chemical reactions, the incidence of lead leaching into our water supply is more and more common. As researchers from the American Chemical Society (ACS) announced, “More than 18 million people in the U.S. are currently at risk of developing health problems from lead leaching from pipes into their water distribution systems.” Lead poisoning in young children can cause such symptoms as brain damage, learning difficulties, and impaired growth and development. In adults, lead exposure can cause high blood pressure, memory impairment, miscarriages, and more.

Lead pipes are very common in our water distribution. What we are finding, more and more, is that the chemicals in our water supply are causing the inside walls of the pipes to corrode, which releases lead into the water. As the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reports, lead corrode happens most often in areas where the water has high acidity or low mineral content. Also, the pipes connecting homes to water mains, are particularly problematic. Lead pipes are more likely to be found in older cities and homes built before 1986. Lead solder in brass or chrome-plated brass faucets can also cause issues.

Some municipalities have added corrosion inhibitors to help eliminate lead leaching. However, poor upkeep or changes to the chemistry of the water which happened in Flint, MI- can cause failure and lead to lead contamination.

Because it’s unclear if any amount of lead in your water is actually safe, it’s important to know what you’re drinking. You can find out if there is lead in your drinking water by accessing the Consumer Confidence Report for your area. You can also have your water tested for lead. Home tests are available online. Check out some helpful tips here.

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