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How Does Lead Get into Drinking Water?

When you turn on your tap, you expect that the water you dispense into your glass is safe for you to drink. However, as reported in the news recently, Denver Water issued a proposal to replace up to 90,000 water service lines over the next 15 years in the efforts to reduce lead exposure. Fifteen years is a long time to wait when it comes to safe drinking water for you and your family. Knowing how lead enters your water now can help you eliminate or reduce your family’s exposure.

How Lead Gets Into Tap Water

Your home doesn’t have to be equipped with lead pipelines for your water to be contaminated. Brass or chrome-plated brass faucets, galvanized iron pipes, or any plumbing that is soldered with lead, can pose a hazard to your drinking water. Pipe corrosion can also bring lead into your pipes. According to the CDC, the amount of lead in your water may depend on the following factors:

  • Water alkalinity or acidity
  • Amounts and types of minerals in the water
  • Water temperature
  • Wear and tear of pipes
  • How long water is sitting in the pipes
  • Pipe scales and coating

How to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead in Your Drinking Water

Your main concern is the safety of your family and pets when it comes to the water you drink. Here are some tips on how you can reduce lead exposure in your drinking water:

  • Run water through a filtration system
  • Flush water by running it on cold for 1 to 2 minutes
  • Drink bottled water – if you have serious concerns of lead in your pipes, drink bottled water until you ensure your water is safe for consumption. 

Contact a Professional Plumber Today

If you fear you may have issues with lead in your plumbing system, we can help. Call or schedule an appointment online with AAA Service today. Our professional plumbers will assess the problem and help you decide the most cost-effective and best plan of action to help you get safe drinking water.

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