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Get The Lead Out

There are many potentially harmful substances that can find their way into our drinking water. The EPA has set guidelines epa.gov/safewater/mcl.html determining safe levels in drinking water for many of these substances.

The MCL (maximum contaminant level) allowed by the EPA for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion. Fortunately, municipal water systems are required to test regularly for lead. But, exposure to lead in drinking water can often result from corrosion of household plumbing including lead pipes, brass fixtures, lead based solder and even “lead free” plumbing. Therefore, it is very vital to have a POU (point of use) drinking water filter at your kitchen sink that is certified for lead reduction so that your drinking water is filtered after contact with your household plumbing and fixtures. The NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) provides the preeminent certifications in the consumer products industry. In fact NSF certification is the certification the EPA recommends you look for.

In the past, before legislation banning lead in paint, much of the exposure to lead in America came from lead based paints. Potential homebuyers should always check for lead based paint when purchasing an older home. The greatest danger of lead in paint has passed though. Therefore, today it has become vital to minimize our exposure to lead in drinking water. Exposure to lead is known to cause delayed physical and/or mental development in children and kidney problems and high blood pressure in adults.

Some point of use filters and pour through pitchers can reduce lead but be sure to look for certifications for lead reduction.

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