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What is Lead?
Lead is a common, naturally occurring metal found throughout the environment. Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes, and lead is rarely present in water coming from a treatment plant.

What does the Center for Disease Control say
about Lead in Drinking Water?

Could I be at risk of exposure?
Older homes are more likely to have plumbing fixtures containing lead. Systems that deliver soft water, which has fewer dissolved minerals, and water that is more acidic and higher in dissolved oxygen can be more corrosive, increasing the risk of lead contamination.... You can also find out if your public supply system contains any lead piping.

 

What can I do?
Testing at the tap is the only way to measure the lead levels in your home or workplace. You can’t see, smell or taste lead in your water. If you choose to have your tap water tested, be sure to use a properly certified laboratory. Testing usually costs between $20 and $100. To find a state certified laboratory, contact a state certification officer.

Lead is a concern because it is a toxic metal that can cause immediate effects at high doses and long term effects if it builds up in the body over many years. If you are concerned that you or a family member may have been exposed to lead, consult with your family doctor or pediatrician to receive a blood test for lead and learn more about the health effects associated with exposure.

 

Need more help?

EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline: 1-800-426-4791

National Lead Information Center: 1-800-LEAD-FYI

AWWA NJ Delivers Lead Education to Newark Schools
In September, leaders from the AWWA New Jersey Section gave an educational presentation to city and school officials in Newark, NJ about lead in drinking water. The presentation included both classroom and hands-on training for officials responsible for the maintenance and/or safety of the school facilities.  -- READ MORE

 

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