Lead in drinking water has always been an issue, but over the last two decades, sustained pressure from safe-water and drinking water advocates, members of Congress, and the media have brought the issues to the forefront and increased awareness for a tap water contaminant that when consumed in large enough quantities can have known, adverse effects on human health. And although federal and local governments have set allowable limits for lead in drinking water, often time it is out of our control, seeping into tap water through the pipes that bring it to our homes. Still today, there are major questions about the U.S. government policies on lead pipes.
Homes built prior to 1986 tend to have lead pipes and fixtures, thus increasing their risk of contamination. However, according to the EPA’s website, even legally “lead-free” plumbing may contain up to 8% lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water. Reports in the last two decades puts in question the safety and quality of drinking water in numerous houses in major cities like Washington DC, Chicago, Detroit and Providence.
Even under ideal water treatment conditions and filtration technology, your home’s tap water is filled with several types on chemicals and metals that can be hazardous to your health. These hazardous substances are allowed in the water even under the most stringent government regulations. Lead is dangerous to your health at any level and should be avoided. In infants and children, exposure to lead in drinking water above federal standards can result in delays in physical and mental development, deficits in attention span and even learning abilities.
Even after limits have been set, lead could potentially remain in your tap water after it’s been treated at a water treatment plant. Lead may also be present naturally in ground water and well water. The greatest amount of lead found in your home’s drinking water frequently comes from lead service lines, lead interior plumbing, or copper pipes connected with lead solder. This portrays the significant need for a home drinking water system that can effectively remove harmful contaminants and improve the quality of your drinking water. Choosing a drinking water system means looking for quality, advanced filtration technology, innovative ideas and eco-friendly solutions.