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Health Effects of Lead

What are the risks of lead exposure?

Lead exposure can be dangerous. Effects may include increased blood pressure in adults; delays in physical and mental development in babies and young children; and, deficits in the attention span, hearing and learning abilities of children.

Should I test my children for exposure to lead?

Children at risk of exposure to lead should be tested. Your doctor or local health center can perform a simple blood test to determine your child’s blood-lead level.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program develops policies and strategies to prevent lead poisoning, and educates the public and healthcare providers about childhood lead poisoning.

How does lead get into drinking water?

Lead is rarely found naturally in source or treated water in our distribution system. More commonly, lead leaches into water over time through corrosion—a dissolving or wearing away of metal caused by a chemical reaction between water and your plumbing. Lead can leach into water from pipes, solder, fixtures, faucets (brass) and fittings. The amount of lead in your water depends on the types and amounts of minerals in the water, how long the water stays in the pipes, the water’s corrosiveness and water temperature.

American Water Works Association (AWWA) has provided written permission to use information in the AWWA publication “Service Lines: A Guide for Water Systems Addressing Service Line Repair and Replacement.”

EWSU also thanks the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) for giving written permission to use content from their web page Understanding Lead and Water to assist us in the preparation of this website and FAQs.