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Tips to Decrease Lead Exposure in Your Home Drinking Water

- If water has been sitting in the pipes for longer than 6 hours (overnight or during the day if away from home), the CDC recommends running cold water for 5 minutes or longer before drinking or cooking.

- Drink or cook with only cold tap water. Boiling water will not reduce the amount of lead in the water.

- Install a water filter in your home. The National Sanitation Foundation has a list of filters that are certified to reduce lead in water.

- Make sure that repairs to copper pipes do not use lead solder.

- Contact Women for a Healthy Environment for a presentation about lead and water in your community. Call our office at 412-404-2872.

- Contact Women for a Healthy Environment for free lead test kits to be sent to your school or early learning center.

- Become familiar with proposed bills in your state's House & Senate.

Lead in Drinking Water

Why is lead in our water such a serious concern?

Lead is a neurotoxin and has a number of serious effects on our bodies:

Important Note on New Blood Lead Levels

What used to be a reference level of 10 micrograms per deciliter, experts are now using a reference level of 5 micrograms to identify children with blood levels  that are higher than most children's levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for lead in their blood.

Resources:

Center for Disease Control & Prevention About Lead in Water

Center for Disease Control & Prevention What Parents Need to Know

NPR Lead Levels Below EPA Limits Can Still Impact Your Health

NPR Where Lead Lurks and Why Even Small Amounts Matter