Reducing Lead (Pb) in Your
Many people think that because they do not have lead pipes in their plumbing system that they do not have to worry about the risks of lead poisoning from contaminated drinking water, but that is not the case. Homes built before 1988, and plumbing fixtures installed prior to 2014 may contain lead which can leach into your property’s drinking water.
Lead Contributors, such as lead solder and some brass fixtures, can elevate lead levels in drinking water to exceed the current EPA guideline of 15ppb.
Wayne Held, a Southern California resident recently had his property tested by a LeadSmart Certified Technician and was surprised to find out that his drinking water contained levels of lead much higher than the US-EPA allowable levels. As part of the LeadSmart program, a thorough plumbing analysis was done on his home, and it was discovered that his kitchen faucet contained lead that was leaching into his drinking water. The LeadSmart technician recommended replacement of the faucet to reduce the lead levels to an acceptable level. Once this was done, the water was re-tested, and lead levels in Mr. Held’s home are now well below the EPA allowable limit.
Wayne stated “I would have never imagined that a fairly new faucet could be potentially poisoning me and my family. I am thankful to the LeadSmart team for detecting the problem and providing me and my family with safe drinking water.”
The LeadSmart Lead Protection Plan provides multiple levels of protection aimed at lead leaching by offering peace of mind by testing, identifying and bringing properties into compliance with the US EPA guideline for lead contamination.
A LeadSmart Certificate of Compliance is issued when the property is tested in compliance to current EPA guidelines for lead.
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