Lead in Water
How does lead get into your water?
As water travels to your home, chemical reactions can occur between the water itself and the plumbing materials that are used in the pipes and faucets. These reactions can corrode the metal pipes, fixtures, and joining agents (solder) introducing metals, like lead, into the water supply. This typically happens in older pipes as they age.
Lead has no taste, smell or color in drinking water, so it is difficult to recognize the risk of lead contamination. One of the best ways to find out if you are at risk is to contact your water provider and ask about the water lines that provide water to your home. It is also important to determine what your home's plumbing lines are made of. Some older home's have lead pipes, presenting the risk of exposure.
How to Reduce Lead Exposure
To find out if your water has any level of lead the EPA suggests having your water tested. You can schedule a water test with a Kinetico water specialist today.
The EPA also recommends installing a drinking water filtration system and ensuring that your filtration device is working properly. Reverse osmosis is one of the most effective ways to reduce lead in your water supply, so it is also suggested that a water filtration device that uses reverse osmosis.
The K5 Drinking Water Station is third-party certified to reduce lead as much as 98.1%
If you do not have a water filtration system in your home, the CDC recommends to thoroughly flush your plumbing of water that has been sitting in the pipes. This can be done by running cold water for 1-2 minutes before use for drinking or cooking. Hot tap water can have higher amounts of lead.
How can Kinetico help with lead in water?
The best way to protect your home's drinking water is to install a drinking water filtration system. Having a point-of-use drinking water unit installed at your tap ensures that your family is drinking and cooking with clean water. Kinetico's K5 Drinking Water Station is third-party certified to reduce lead in water as much as 98.1%. If you wish to reduce lead from your water, schedule a water test and our water specialists will find the best treatment solution for your home.
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