- Dangers of lead
Dangers of lead
Lead can cause health problems including brain and kidney damage and can lower blood-oxygen levels, according to the Centers for Disease Control. That occurs when the lead molecules replace the iron molecules in red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout the body. Lead is particularly dangerous to children, because exposure can interfere with brain development and has been linked to a lower IQ. Lead can be stored in bones and released later in life. Pregnant women exposed to lead can pass the contamination on to their baby, which may affect brain development, according to the CDC.
Drinking water is considered a minor source of lead, except to infants, who could receive up to 60 percent of their exposure through drinking water used to mix powdered formula, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Ways to reduce the amount of lead leaching into drinking water:
Run your water for 15 to 30 seconds to flush water out of the system that may have been sitting for several hours
Do not use hot water from the tap for drinking or food preparation
Do not boil water to remove lead; lead is a heavy metal and is not reduced by heat
Consider drinking bottled water or using a water filter designed to remove lead
For more information, or to request the Hamilton Township MUA test your drinking water for lead, call 609-625-1872.
Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012 6:41 pm
Atlantic County News,
Monday, November 19, 2012 6:41 pm.