The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and plumbing fixtures. Certain pipes that carry drinking water from the water source to the home may contain lead. Because no safe blood level has been identified for young children, all sources of lead exposure for children should be controlled or eliminated. Reverse Osmosis will remove lead from drinking water.
Health Concerns with Lead
High lead in the water can lead to several physical issues on the body such as: damage to the nervous system, damage to the reproductive system, damage to the kidneys, high blood pressure, and anemia. Ways to detect lead poisoning is by looking at a person’s gums for a blue line around a person’s mouth. Dangers to a pregnant woman can have a hard impact on the fetus. There are often many birth defects that can occur. The lead will prevent the fetus from being able to metabolize calcium and vitamin D making the fetus malnourished. The lead can also cause learning disabilities, behavioral issues, and intellectual disability. At extreme levels, you can notice convulsions in a person, an induced coma, and possibly death. Lead higher than 0.015 mg/l should be immediately treated.
How Do I Know if There is Lead in My Drinking Water?
Lead is a colorless and odorless element in water. The best way to be cautious is to get your water tested especially if you live in a home that is older and might contain lead in the plumbing fixtures.
How to Remove Lead from The Water?
Most water sources that lead is present is impossible to get rid of it without removing your whole plumbing system. Instead of getting rid of the source, you can get a water treatment system to remove the lead from the water before contact with it. The only way to remove lead from the water is by reverse osmosis.