Lead in Water

Lead and drinking water

Lead is a naturally occurring element found in trace amounts in the earth’s crust. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals. Lead usually gets into drinking water through corrosion of plumbing materials like pipes, solder and fixtures made with lead. Lead contamination is especially likely where the water has high acidity or low mineral content that speeds the corrosion of pipes and plumbing fixtures. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures

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