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The Dangers of Lead Contamination in Your Drinking Water – How to Protect Yourself

Posted On 03/23/2023 By iSpring Water Systems

Lead contamination in drinking water is a serious public health concern. Lead can leach into the water from old pipes and plumbing fixtures, and even tiny amounts of lead can cause severe health problems, especially for young children.


By understanding the dangers of lead contamination and taking proactive steps, such as investing in systems that filter out lead, you can help to protect yourself and your family from this serious risk. This article will discuss the risks associated with lead-contaminated drinking water as well as some tips on how to identify potential sources of contamination and reduce your risk of exposure.


The Truth About School Water

Schools across the state of Georgia have been offered the opportunity to test their water for lead contamination, but only a fraction of them have signed up due to concerns over the cost and consequences of discovering lead.


Advocates are pushing for the state government to provide funding and resources to schools in order to address any lead contamination they may find. Results from schools that have tested so far show that 30 out of 82 (37%) found at least one tap with lead levels in excess of 15 parts per billion, which is considered "action level" or when schools would be required to address this contamination.


Essentially, it's quite likely that many schools have lead contamination and are putting students at risk since there is no mandatory testing for lead in water at schools.


Why Is Lead So Dangerous?

Lead contamination of drinking water can have serious health consequences for those exposed to it, particularly children and pregnant women.


Exposure to lead in drinking water can occur when lead leaches into the water supply from plumbing materials such as pipes, solder, fixtures, and fittings. Lead is most likely to leach into the water supply when the pH of the water is low or when there are high levels of chlorine or other disinfectants present. Lead can also enter drinking water through corrosion control chemicals used to treat the water supply.


The health effects of lead exposure may vary depending on the age and duration of exposure. In children, even low levels of lead exposure can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems, hearing loss, slowed growth and development and decreased IQ scores. In adults, lead exposure has been linked to an increased risk of hypertension and kidney damage. Pregnant women who are exposed to lead may experience premature births or miscarriages.


It is important to take steps to reduce your family's risk of exposure to lead in drinking water by testing your home's tap water for lead levels regularly and taking action if necessary. If the lead level in the tap water exceeds 15 ppb,  you should contact your local public health department or EPA-certified laboratory for assistance with identifying potential sources of contamination.


How Do I Remove Lead In My Water?

If lead is presented in your water, you should get a water filtration system to deal with it. While there are tons of filtering systems out there, it's important to make sure that the one you choose is for reducing lead levels in your water.


iSpring makes systems that you can use to make your water safer and healthier to drink. If you get an iSpring system, it will help keep lead out of your water, so you and your family are safe.


4 Water Filtration Systems for Lead Issue from iSpring

Now that you know the risks associated with lead-contaminated drinking water and how to identify it, let's look at some of the best water filtration systems from iSpring.


 iSpring WF150K Whole House Central Water Filtration System

Get the clean, tasty water you deserve with the iSpring WF150K Whole House Central Water Filtration System. This system removes chlorine, lead, heavy metals, pesticides, and more from every faucet in your home to keep your household appliances running smoothly without damage. Thanks to its patented filtration media formula (tested by a certified water lab), you can trust that this system lives up to NSF/ANSI 42 and 53 standards. Moreover, It is designed to last up to 10 years for homes with 2-3 bathrooms or 5 years for homes with 4-5 bathrooms without changing filter media. And it's good for light commercial usage as well! 


iSpring WGB32B-PB Whole House Central Water Filtration System

The iSpring WGB32B-PB Whole House Water Filtration System is specialized for removing lead in water. Meeting the NSF and ANSI standards, the system can also remove sediment, chlorine, rust, pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, and various other contaminants. No extra drain is needed for this whole house system since it does not produce any waste water. Overall, the iSpring WGB32B-PB Whole House Water Filtration System is an excellent investment for anyone looking to improve the quality of their household water supply.

iSpring RCC7AK Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System

The iSpring RCC7AK Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System is designed to give you the cleanest water possible without any of the hassles. It's easy to install, with all necessary parts included and no need for threading pipes. Plus, get peace of mind from comprehensive customer support – 1-year limited manufacturer warranty upon registration and lifetime personalized support from GA, USA. So you know your drinking water will be safe, reliable, and free of lead.


iSpring CU-A4 Drinking Water Ultra Filtration System

The iSpring CU-A4 Drinking Water Ultra Filtration System is the perfect way to enjoy unlimited free bottled water quality straight from your kitchen sink! This advanced 4-stage design includes both Ultrafiltration and KDF/GAC stages that not only remove up to 99% of 700+ contaminants like lead and chlorine but also retain healthy minerals with its 0.01-micron Ultra Filtration (UF) stage. And with the optional ice maker connect kit ICEK, it can be connected to your refrigerator, coffee maker, and more! 


Wrapping It Up

Lead exposure is a serious health risk, and it's essential to be aware of the potential sources of lead contamination in your home. Taking steps to reduce or eliminate lead from your drinking water is essential for protecting you and your family's health. We hope that this guide has given you all the information you need about lead-contaminated water and the best systems to keep it out of your home.


With iSpring, you can get high-quality, reliable filtration systems that make sure your drinking water is safe and healthy – so start shopping now!