Lead is quite toxic, especially when it gets into your system. It can have adverse effects on adults and it is even worse when it comes to children. If you test your water and find out that it has lead, it is important that you get this chemical out of your water. Here are the steps on how to go about it.
Test your water
Have your water tested in a laboratory. Use an accredited lab that is near you. You can get information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or your local government about which labs have been accredited to do this test.
You will need to collect two samples of water to take for testing. First fill a bottle of water with the first water that runs out of your pipes first thing in the morning. This is water that has been sitting in your pipes. Then collect another sample after water has been running for a while. This is water that has not sat in your pipes.
Then take these two samples of water for review. The lab should be able to tell you how much lead is in the water.
Once you have determined this, the next step is removing lead from the water. Here is how to do it:
Identify the source of the lead
Once you identify the source of the lead, you will be able to get rid of it. You can get an expert to help you analyze your plumbing system so as to know what specifically is causing the contamination. For instance, a licensed well contractor can let you know whether there are any well components that are responsible for the lead contamination in your water.
Flush the water
A cheaper way to get rid of the lead is to flush it before using it. Flushing involves letting the water run for some minutes before using it so as to allow any water that was in contact with the pipes for a long time to drain.
Use reverse osmosis
Reverse osmosis systems can be installed under the tap. They filter out any contaminants in the water, including lead. This system is best used if you have 15 µg/L of lead in the water.
Use a distiller
There are several kinds of distillers that you can go for. You can fit some of them over your water faucets. You can also use it in the form of a water dispenser.
N.B. You cannot get rid of lead by boiling the water. In fact, you might end up increasing the led concentration in the water since some of the water will evaporate.
Lead is a bluish grey metal that can be found in the environment. Most of it is produced as a result of human activities like mining, manufacturing and burning fuel.
Lead usually finds its ways into drinking water as a result of lead pipes being used for plumbing. Even well water might contain lead. Once you discover that your water is contaminated with lead, take the steps discussed above to help you get rid of the lead.