Lead can be harmful to your body, but just how harmful depends on how much lead you consume, your health, and where the lead becomes stored in your body. Exposure to lead causes a variety of health effects, and affects children in particular. If you think that you may have lead in the water in your home, call our Certified Water Specialists at 1-800-608-8792.
Many years ago, lead was used in the construction of home water pipes and municipal underground water distribution systems. Lead solder was also often used on brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and plumbing fixtures. When these pipes or plumbing fixtures are exposed to water – especially acidic water – the lead they contain can be corroded and dissolved into the water. Lead is a known toxin and can cause neurological and physical problems, especially in young children.
Health Concerns About Lead
In adults, high lead levels can damage the nervous and reproductive systems and the kidneys. In addition, it can cause high blood pressure and anemia. This mineral accumulates in the bones, and lead poisoning may be diagnosed from a blue line around the gums.
Lead is especially harmful to the developing brains of fetuses and young children, and to pregnant women, and interferes with the metabolism of calcium and vitamin D. High blood lead levels in children can cause consequences that may be irreversible, including learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation. At very high levels, lead can cause convulsions, coma, and death.
Any amount of lead in water over 0.015 mg/l needs to be treated.
How Do I Know if There is Lead in My Drinking Water?
Unfortunately, you cannot taste or see lead in drinking water, so there is no way to know if your water is contaminated without testing. If you have an older home or have any reason at all to suspect that your water might contain lead, it needs to be analyzed by a certified laboratory, not someone giving a free analysis to sell you some type of treatment systems. At the very minimum, you should perform our Comprehensive Lab Water Test or a similar analysis.
How to Remove Lead from Water
Because the most common causes of lead in water are pipes in old buildings or older municipal underground distribution systems, replacing those pipes is the best way to prevent lead in drinking water. This is very costly, however, and may not be possible. If the source of the lead cannot be corrected, then you need to get a water treatment system that is designed to remove lead from water. The options are:
Reverse Osmosis will remove lead from drinking water
The US Water Cobalt Hyper-Safe reverse osmosis system removes the largest spectrum of contaminants of any drinking water system on the market today. The system removes more contaminants because it uses the very latest in cutting-edge technology… some of which is utilized in semiconductors. It removes lead and a lot more.
This is a professional-grade system built with the highest quality components and backed with a warranty that is up to 300% longer than our competition. The Cobalt Hyper-Safe 5-Stage RO system uses all NSF, WQA and FDA Certified components. This is the system for you if you don’t settle for just another RO system. It wastes up to 80% less water and makes water up to 75% faster than other systems.
Removes 93% to 99.999% of the following contaminants: