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Concerns of Lead in Ones Sacramento Water

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Plumbing Repair Sacramento CA, Plumbing Safety

With the ongoing narrative of lead in water lines in Flint, Michigan, numerous house owners across the country are informed to the chance of lead in the water in their own houses. This isn’t the norm, but in light of the news reports, we intend to publish links to information where our Sacramento customers can go to read more concerning this plumbing issue.

Is There Lead In My Tap Water?

You may know that lead can be harmful to your health. Just how harmful depends on how much lead gets into your body and stays there. Lead can come from a number of places: old paint, contaminated soil and, to a lesser but still significant degree, drinking water. Knowing how lead gets into your tap water – and what you can do to get it out – will reduce the health risks to you and your family. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/is-there-lead-in-my-tap-water.html

If you sense you should get the water in your household analyzed for lead, search for a lab certified by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection. Additionally talk to the local water department to see if there are lead service lines leading to your property.

According to the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority,

The best way to find out if your household tap water contains lead is to get your water tested by a lab that is DEP Certified to test household tap water for lead. DEP Certified Labs reliably test water at an affordable cost. http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/04water/html/qual6leadinfo.htm#howtoreduce

Plumbing Regulations for Safe Plumbing

Homes built before 1986 are most at risk. Since January, 2014 all newly installed pipes, fittings and fixtures must meet new lead-free requirements limiting lead to .25%. http://fox8.com/2016/01/29/here-is-how-to-make-sure-your-familys-drinking-water-is-lead-free/

Things to Do At Home

In all situations, drink or cook only with water that comes out of the tap cold. Water that comes out of the tap warm or hot can contain much higher levels of lead. Boiling this water will NOT reduce the amount of lead in your water. . .
Bathing and showering should be safe for you and your children, even if the water contains lead over EPA’s action level. Human skin does not absorb lead in water. http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm

The EPA offers various resources here that go over these matters much more.Sacramento Water Safety

Once more, none of this information is intended to scare or bring up any alarms for our Sacramento Plumbing Repair neighbors. We simply want to share relevant information on this significant topic.