Water Crisis Facts
During the past couple of weeks news from the city of Flint, Michigan tells the story of a city that took steps to try and resolve an ongoing water crisis and inadvertently created an even larger one when it chose to divert water from a separate source. Budget cuts forced the city of Flint to draw water from the Flint River with potentially fatal results to pregnant women. The mayor of Flint has declared an official state of emergency after tests indicated that children in Flint have shown elevated levels of lead in their blood. But, what about water sources closer to home? Are Florida residents at risk of exposure to lead in tap water?
Lead Poisoning Tap Water
Lead is a soft metal which when inhaled or consumed through the digestive system can cause serious injury to the nervous system, red blood cells, kidneys, and brain. Lead can enter into the body in one of three ways, the food we eat, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Lead accumulates within the body and young children, infants, and unborn babies are at particular risk. Initially, lead poisoning is very difficult to detect, even people who appear healthy can have high levels of lead in their blood stream.
Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children Include:
• Developmental delays
• Learning difficulties
• Loss of appetite
• Weight loss
• Sluggishness and fatigue
• Abdominal pain
• Constipation hearing loss
Lead poisoning Symptoms in Adults Include:
• High blood pressure
• Abdominal pain
• Joint pain
• Muscle pain
• Decline in mental function
• Pain, numbness or tingling of the extremities
• Memory loss
• Mood disorders
• Reduced sperm count, abnormal sperm
• Miscarriage or premature birth in pregnant women
Lead in Plumbing Water Fixtures & Pipes
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) maximum contaminant level (MCL) is 0.015 parts per billion (ppb). Even if the water supplied to your home meets the requirements set out by the EPA, the problem may occur when the water enters your home. Your plumbing may contain lead based plumbing materials or lead pipes. Lead can also be found in metal water taps or the pipes connecting your home to the main water pipe located in the street. When water sits in lead pipes for several hours the lead can leach into your water supply.
Home Drinking Water Quality Testing
The Environmental Protection Agency requires that all water plumbing repairs and new home construction use only lead-free materials. How will you know if your tap water in your home is contaminated with lead? Dissolved lead is invisible and has no taste or smell, the only way to know for certain if your drinking water has high levels of dissolved lead is to have your tap water tested by a state approved laboratory.
Water Filters that Remove Lead
You can eliminate your exposure to lead in drinking water by installing a AAA Water Team certified filtration system. A water filtration system is designed to deliver clean water by removing impurities and reducing harmful contaminates along with filtering out bad tastes and odors. A water filtration system is a simple, cost effective solution to bringing clean, pure water to your home to ensure the health of your family.
Water Filtration & Purification Systems to Remove Lead Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers & Lehigh Acres, Florida
Contact the experienced professionals at AAA Water Team today and speak with a customer service professional about whole home water filtration systems, reverse osmosis systems, water softeners and more. The experts at AAA Water Team are available to take care of all of your water purification needs.