Concerned About Lead in Your Drinking Water?

Concerned About Lead in Your Drinking Water?

Lead pipes are the most common source of lead in drinking water.

Lead contamination in water has become a global concern. Although lead pipes are the most common source, non-lead pipes can still leach lead into the water supply. Lead based solder or brass fittings can also cause lead leaching.

Growing health and environmental concerns regarding lead poisoning and lead in drinking water have caused worldwide governments to tighten their standards for the allowable level of lead in drinking water.

Many public health organizations and governments have done extensive research on the effects of lead in drinking water and have concluded that even in small amounts, exposure to lead can be detrimental to human health, with the greatest effect being in children.

Remedies for reducing lead leaching into the water system include Orthophosphate dosing of the water supply, full or partial pipe replacement, and in-situ pipe lining. Only some of these methods can truly eliminate lead in the water supply completely. To learn more about lead remediation, and the problems with dosing and partial replacement, click here.

What is the Extent of the Problem?

It is estimated that some 8 to 10 million properties in the UK may have lead pipes, and that overall 25% of properties in the EU may have lead pipes, affecting an estimated 120 million people in the EU.

It is estimated that some 38 million properties in the US are affected by lead in piping systems.

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