* In older homes where high levels of lead are found, one of the leading sources of lead exposure derives from lead piping including water service lines.
* Boiling water does not remove the lead content and when running hot water from the tap you are dissolving more lead from the existing plumbing.
* When water sits too long in your service line or plumbing, its quality declines as it comes into contact with the lead content.
* Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula. Hot water deposits more lead from your pipes into your water.
* The best long term solution to remove lead in your drinking water is to replace the entire lead service pipe, or any pipe that contains lead-based materials.
* The standard water service size is 3/4" or 19mm. Any water service below 19mm is substandard and could result in low water volume.
*Lead levels in drinking water should not exceed 10 micrograms per liter. If your water has been tested to have lead levels above the standard of 10 micrograms per liter, an approved filtration system should be used to reduce lead or use bottled water. The best solution is to remove and replace the existing water pipe.
*Lead in drinking water poses a concern to pregnant women and young children. Pregnant women can pass lead that has entered their blood into their fetus. Young children are still developing and are more sensitive to the neurological and blood effects of lead.