Lead Water Test
Lead is a soft and malleable element with many uses in construction, batteries, bullets and shot, weights, and as a component of solders, pewters and alloys.
Lead enters our water supply because of the actions of mankind. In our 35 years of research, we have never found another cause. It could enter a water supply from solder joints, brass pipes or fixtures, especially when the water passing through those pipes has high acidity or low mineral content.
Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have pipes, fixtures and solder with high lead content. The laws have changed over the years and now new fixtures must have a lead content of no more than 0.25% but this is a fairly recent regulation. Unless your plumbing system was installed after 2014, your system probably contains some lead.
Because lead is toxic to human health, the only acceptable level of lead in your water is NONE. Regardless of the limits imposed by state and federal environmental protection agencies, there is actually no such thing as an “acceptable limit.”
Medical research states that high levels of lead in the human body can cause convulsions, major neurological damage, organ failure, coma and ultimately, death. Moderate-to-low levels of exposure can inhibit growth or cause hearing loss, learning disabilities, vomiting, sleep disorders, constipation, poor appetite, cramps and fatigue. Some of the effects caused by lead are not curable.
It is not possible to tell if your water is contaminated by lead without an accurate analysis by a reputable testing lab. Lead does not change water’s taste and color. It can accumulate in brains, bones and kidneys and other major organs for decades. Infants, children, and pets are most susceptible to lead poisoning. Children are capable of absorbing twice as much lead into their bones as adults.
When it comes to private well water, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to detect lead contamination. In the case of a town or city, it is the responsibility of the town or city and the state. It is sensible to test for lead in water periodically, at least twice a year, to detect any lead introduced into the water system.