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Lead and tap water

Water contaminated with lead

Information

The Safe Drinking Water Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to set and enforce standards to protect public drinking water systems.

The Agency requires water suppliers to produce annual water quality reports. These reports include information about lead amounts. The reports are available to the public.

For more information, call the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) and the National Lead Information Center ( 800-424-5323).

References

United States Environmental Protection Agency website. Basic information about lead in drinking water. www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. Updated August 21, 2017. Accessed October 27, 2017.

  • Lead testing

    Lead testing - illustration

    Lead is a natural element with thousands of uses. Because it is widespread (and often hidden) lead can easily contaminate food and water where it is undetectable to the eye or taste.

    Lead testing

    illustration

    • Lead testing

      Lead testing - illustration

      Lead is a natural element with thousands of uses. Because it is widespread (and often hidden) lead can easily contaminate food and water where it is undetectable to the eye or taste.

      Lead testing

      illustration

    Tests for Lead and tap water

     

     

    Review Date: 9/23/2017

    Reviewed By: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Emeritus, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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