Lead can enter your drinking water due to corrosive, lead-containing plumbing. This can include pipes that connect your home’s plumbing to the city’s water mains, solder on copper pipes, and faucets. Many regulations have been put in place to help reduce the amount of lead in your home water system. But if you home was built before 1986 you may be at a greater risk. Replacing your faucets, fittings and vales with new plumbing fixtures, advertised as “lead-free”, may not protect you and your family as well as expected.
You’ve probably read the articles about Flint, MI and the toxic water problems over the past year. They cut cost and corners when it came to water testing. So don’t rely on your city government to provide the type of water test needed to protect your family from lead found in your drinking water.
Typically, city water departments ask residents to collect water samples. But the way residents are instructed to sample their water, as well as which households are chosen for testing, can profoundly impact how much lead is detected.