LEAD IN WELL WATER
WHAT IS LEAD?
Lead is a heavy metal which occurs naturally in the environment and has many industrial uses. Consumption of lead can be hazardous to human health, especially for young children, newborns and the fetus. Lead can enter the water supply from lead service lines, lead solder in plumbing, or lead-containing brass fittings or faucets in your home.
In Canada, the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality limit the lead content of drinking water to a maximum acceptable concentration (MAC) of 0.010 milligrams per litre of water (10 ppb).
HOW DO YOU REMOVE LEAD FROM DRINKING WATER?
There are several treatment processes that can be used to treat water that has high levels of lead. Reverse osmosis is a simple and economical way to protect your household drinking water by filtering out contaminants like lead. Whole home filters can also remove lead.