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Lead In Our Water

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Lead is toxic to many organs and tissues in the body, including the heart, reproductive system, bones, intestines, kidneys and the nervous system. It is a chemical element and a malleable metal, which makes its use in construction, soldering and as a radiation shield. Lead used to have its use in paints, gasoline and pesticides, but due to the discovery of its negative long term health effects, especially in children, its use has been restricted. Lead paint can still be a concern for people who live in older homes because the paint will peel with age and turn to dust, which is easily inhaled or consumed. If your house was built before 1950 your family may be at risk.

How does Lead Affect the Body?

Lead has been linked with the decline of the Roman Empire, due to their use of lead in their aqueducts, and eating and drinking vessels. The common use of this poison is thought by some to have contributed to a decrease in fertility and mental prowess. Lead can cause high blood pressure, renal damage, miscarriage, low sperm counts, hearing loss, cataracts and numerous neural problems, especially in children where it may inhibit normal brain development, causing cognitive deficits in children (permanent learning disabilities) that affect memory, fine motor skills, emotional regulation, intelligence and social engagement. Symptoms of lead poisoning can include confusion, headache, abdominal pain, anemia, irritability, and in severe cases, seizure, coma and death. Lead exposure accounts for about 0.2% of all deaths globally.

Even though lead is no longer used in paint and pipes, it can still find its way into our water supplies. It is naturally occurring and therefor ubiquitous, and can leach into surface water supplies. The Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality require that there is less than 0.01mg/L of lead in drinking water. Most cities meet or exceed this requirement at the treatment plant level with multiple filtration stages. However, it has been mentioned before that older cities still have areas where lead pipes, joins and brass fixtures are still in use, which means that lead can still find its way into our drinking water.

How can I make sure there is no Lead in my Drinking Water?

To combat lead content in drinking water, Health Canada advises people who have older homes (those built before 1950) to flush their pipes before using their water – and then to only use cold, since warm water tends to acquire more lead than cold. But you can do more to ensure that there is no lead in your drinking water supply. A reverse osmosis water filtration system can remove any lead that may still be present in your drinking water once it leaves the tap. Don’t leave your family’s health up to the dubious efficiency of flushing your pipes in the morning, contact us now for more information on how a Reverse Osmosis water filtration system can remove your lead poisoning worries, or visit our online store.

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