Water Talk: Reducing your Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

Lead can be defined as a metal or a chemical element. It is naturally found in the environment as well as produced through industries. Each one of us is exposed to this element through the air, water, soil, food as well as many other consumer products.

Reducing your Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

Water Talk: Reducing your Exposure to Lead from Drinking Water

The intensity of lead toxicity has been studied for a long time now, and studies have shown that it can increase the blood pressure, lead to kidney dysfunction, and it can also have many neurological effects too.

This is why it’s important to reduce lead exposure as much as possible. Following are a few tips for the same –

  1. If you haven’t used the water for a few hours, turn on the tap water and let it flush out for a while. This will remove out the lead before drinking out the water.
  2. For cooking and baby-feeding, always opt for the fresh, cold drinking water.
  3. Lead can’t be removed with the boiling of the water.
  4. Using a filter for the removal of lead will be effective. Also to note, not all the filters remove out lead. Connect the filter and do repetitive checks if it’s working or not.
  5. There’s a LeadLine number or contact 503-988-4000 for conducting a free lead test in the water.
  6. If you are living in a highly lead-exposed space, then test out your baby for it. The blood lead level is the only way to know that.
  7. Clean the faucet aerator on a regular basis. Particles and other water pollutants would be trapped inside the aerator area, and with regular cleaning, you can keep a check on the lead exposure.
  8. If you are planning to purchase any kind of fixtures, go for something that is free from lead. These include pipes and plumbing elements which are the inevitable components when dealing with water.

Do you have more tips to share?

How are you controlling the lead exposure in your area? Share us your hacks and tips in the comments below.