Lead pipes present a serious water quality threat and health risk, as old lead service lines can be a significant source of elevated lead levels in drinking water. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), lead is a serious neurotoxin and can cause irreparable brain damage, especially for children and pregnant women.
Individuals who live in areas where lead is an issue should take steps to minimize their exposure. The only permanent solution to lead in water contamination is to replace all lead piping. Since it is usually buried well underground, it is not easy to access or replace if there are problems, and problems can be quite expensive in terms of not only the cost of repair, but also the quality of water and its effect on health. Poor choices here can mean costly replacement later.
Copper: The Right Choice for Water Service Lines
Lead was once the prefered material for water service line installations. Copper and other materials have since taken its place in new construction, as well as in routine replacement. Discover why copper is now the most widely used plumbing material in the developed world. READ MORE
The False Initial Cost Economy
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Health Effects and Safe Drinking Water: The Real Story
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Property owners should check with their area’s water department to see if a replacement program already exists, what subsidies exist (if any), and if registration is required. Beyond replacement, individuals may also turn to advocacy to initiate or accelerate lead replacement.
Write Your City Officials and Legislators
Encourage your local, city, or state to enact municipality-scale replacement programs. If an area already has a replacement program, you can encourage officials to distribute short-term solutions such as bottled water or filters. Click here to download our free template.
Submit a Letter to the Editor
Local media outlets can be exceptionally influential on public opinion. By helping educate them on pipe replacement programs, it may increase the likelihood of a municipality taking action. Click here to download our free template.