Actions you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water

 

Actions you can take to reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water

·         Always cook starting with cold water.  Hot water dissolves more lead at a high rates than cold water.

·         Flush any fixture for 5 seconds before drawing water to drink, again only use cold water for consumption.

·         Clean the screens on water fixtures and clear them of any material.  The screen can generally be unscrewed turning it counter clockwise.  Generally the material found on those screens are solder particles, in older homes that solder is partially lead.

·         Only have registered plumbers work on you copper pipes to assure they use the proper solder to join the pipes.

·         To minimize lead exposure risk, after flushing pipes, draw a pitcher of cold water and use that as a source of drinking water for the day.

·         You can minimize lead exposure in your drinking water by adding an aftermarket filter specifically designed to remove all lead, but that device must be serviced at prescribed increments.  Remember Howard County water tests very low for lead content.

·         If you chose to use bottled water remember most bottled water does not contain fluoride, a fluoride supplement may be necessary.