Unfortunate news regarding water and lead poisoned water in the drinking water of the U.S. has been released. Ever since the Flint water crisis made headline news, a water investigation not only in Flint, MI but also throughout the entire U.S. has been conducted. With the disappointing reaction to the Flint water crisis, the USA Today Network decided to do some investigative research into the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) data. The information that the news network discovered was alarming to say the least, as nearly 20% of the nation’s water test fails to meet the standards of the Lead and Copper Rule.
With such high levels of lead contamination in the drinking water of many, lead poisoning becomes once again a big issue to battle against. Lead poisoning is especially harmful to babies and young children as they are still in their developmental stages. Even the lowest amount of exposure to lead in a young child can lead to huge developmental issues such as a lowered IQ, attention deficit disorders, and learning problems. In adults, however, lead exposure overtime can cause problems such as high blood pressure, mood disorders, and even headaches. So what can all of us do to avoid lead poisoning through our drinking water?
Well, one step is to have your water in your home tested. Calling the EPA’s safe drinking water hotline will help put you in touch with a servicer available in your area. Checking annual CCR reports is another great way to find out details about your area’s water source and contamination levels.