Lead in Drinking Water

  • Protecting public health and reducing your exposure to lead is a top priority. Elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant woman and young children.

    Sources of lead in drinking water 

    • Your public water system is safe. In 1986 the City removed all known lead service connections from its distribution system
    • The City monitors some higher risk homes built or plumbed from 1983-1985.  Some homes built during this time are known to have used higher risk pipe materials. 

    How does lead get into my water at home?

    • Exposure to lead through drinking water is possible if materials in a building’s plumbing contain lead.  
    • Lead enters drinking water primarily because of corrosion in building plumbing and fixtures. 
    • Building materials that increase risk include; Lead-based solder to join copper pipes, brass components and faucets. 

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    Avoid lead exposure 

    • Run cold water to flush out lead.  If the water hasn’t been used for several hours, run cold taps for 30 seconds to two minutes before drinking or cooking.
    • Do not cook, drink or make baby formula with hot water from the tap. Hot water dissolves contaminants, like lead, quicker than cold water.
    • Do not boil water to reduce lead.
    • Install low lead fixtures and a lead-reducing filter. 

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