Lead is a chemical element that historically has been used in construction, plumbing, and piping because of its soft and malleable texture. The majority of lead contamination comes from the pipes, plumbing, and fixtures that deliver your drinking water, especially those built before 1986 when lead in construction was banned. As water travels through these service lines, it can absorb lead and contaminants from these old pipes.
Why Is It Dangerous?
Lead ingestion poses a serious health risk to adults and especially children. Consuming lead causes irreversible neurological and development damage, and can lead to lead poisoning. This is a chronic illness that can lead to learning, behavoiral, and developmental issues. It can also cause severe damage to the immune system, bones, and teeth.
How Do I Remove Lead from My Drinking Water?
Test Your Water - Before you buy a water filter, it is best to test your water supply to see what is in it. The utility company will provide a contamination report on your water supply, but because the water can get absorb contaminates after it leave the water treatment plant, you should test the water coming out of your faucet.
Filter Your Water - After you test the water, you need to filter out the contaminates in it. The best way to do that is through a point-of-use filtration system that gets installed only at the sinks that you get your drinking water from. You can also use whole-house filtration systems that will filter the water in your entire home, not just at the faucets that you drink from.