Removing Lead from Your Water
In recent years the focus on lead in water has only grown stronger, in light of events such as the Flint water crisis. With the very idea of lead in water pushing itself to the front of our societal conversation it benefits everybody to have proper resources available to handle such events with professionalism and skill. Reynolds Water Conditioning is committed in helping you understand the process of lead removal and how you and your family can be prepared for it, should it arise.
Is Lead in Water Dangerous?
The EPA, which stands for Environmental Protection Agency, has published a great article with information regarding the actual levels of danger with lead in your water. To summarize, children and pregnant women are the highest risk for harmful side effects of consuming lead in water, although any adult is susceptible to these effects. Long term effects seen in children can vary from reduced IQ, behavioral issues, growing brain damage, and anemia. Pregnant women can experience premature birth and growth issues with the fetus. While consuming water with lead is the main cause of these effects bathing in water contaminated with lead does not pose as high of a risk, due to the skins ability to block most of it out.
How Lead Contaminates Water
According to the EPA, plumbing materials containing lead may corrode (dissolving away from the plumbing and settling into the water passing through it). This is of of the most common ways lead gets into the water in your home. Most pipes used today no longer contain lead, so older houses or homes with older plumbing pose a higher risk of contaminated water. It is important to keep your plumbing from getting too outdated to ensure proper water flow that is free of the myriad contaminates that pose a threat to all water in a home.
What Can I Do?
The simple answer is to understand your water and take the steps necessary to remove lead contaminates from your water. You can do this by having the right equipment that ensures your water quality is of the standards set by the EPA.
A more detailed approach is to obtain a Consumer Confidence Report from your water utility provider to understand the quality of the water coming into your home. A Consumer Confidence Report, or CCR, is a report all water suppliers must provide that gives insight to the overall quality of your local drinking water. With the knowledge from your CCR you can have your water tested to catch any internal water contaminants in your home that may have been overlooked. With that done you can focus on preparing your home to remove any contaminates using the services and equipment offered at Reynolds Water Conditioning.
Reynolds Water Conditioning has all the equipment you need to combat lead in your home’s water. Give us a call today to see how we can help you and your family live a safer life at home.