Lead in drinking water has been a big story in the news. As a results, you may have questions.
Here's a quick Q&A to help.
How can lead get into the water supply?
Studies show most lead in our drinking water does not come from your municipal water treatment plant. Instead, it comes from the materials containing lead coming into contact with water after it leaves the plant.
Things like lead service connections or lead solder used in copper piping could be the problem.
Are there any symptoms of lead poisoning?
Actually, there may be none, although signs such as irritability or weight loss may occur.
Who's at the biggest risk?
Young children and pregnant women.
What are the effects of lead poisoning?
Reduced cognitive development and neurobehavioral deficits. To learn more about the effects of lead, read the information on the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) website:
Where can I go to get my water tested?
The EPA website is a resource to find EPA and state‐accredited laboratories that can perform a water analysis.
You can also find out more at our website WQA.org.
Get our lead fact sheet for more information.