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Is there lead in the water we drink?

by Γιάννης Μπουζάνας

What is lead:

Lead is a heavy metal that is normally found in the earth's crust. It has been used in a number of household products.

Where can lead be found?
Most houses built before 1978 are painted with lead-based paints. Lead is also found in old water pipes. Thus, through corroded piping, it can invade our home.

Lead, in addition to water and paints, can be found in the air and food. Lead levels in the air have fallen sharply since the 1970s, when its use in gasoline was banned.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says older homes are more likely to have lead piping, but even newer constructions may have lead piping up to 8%.
A study published in 2002 in the "Environmental Health Review" showed that drinking tap water accounts for 14% to 20% of our total lead exposure.

How dangerous is lead?
More than 4% of children in the United States have been poisoned by lead. The rate is higher in large cities and among low-income people.
High levels of lead in the body can cause problems in the brain, kidneys and bone marrow. Symptoms of high levels of lead may include abdominal pain, headaches, vomiting, confusion, muscle weakness, convulsions, hair loss, anemia, lack of attention, problematic behavior, learning disabilities and decreased IQ.

How to protect your children:
If your house is old (before 1978), scrape the walls to remove the old paint and repaint it with non-lead one. Wear a mask while scraping it and make sure there are no children nearby.
Replace the water pipes of the house with new ones (preferably plastic ones). For safe drinking water results, choose a water filter that reduces lead. Contact us for more details.

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