3 Easy Steps to Lead-Free Drinking Water
If you really want pure, lead-free drinking water. Water that won’t kill your kid’s IQ and put you at risk for heart failure – it is vital that you take action. By taking 3 simple steps, you will be able to ensure that there is no lead in water and it’s safe to drink.
Step 1: Test your Water
You will want to test all of your water sources (fountains, sinks) to identify any fixtures that are leaching lead into your drinking water. Based on your needs, we recommend at-home test strips, a laboratory test kit, or full-service testing. Your results will show the lead content from each of your water fixtures.
Step 2: Remediate any Problems
After you’ve identified old, faulty fixtures, you will want to determine the best course of action to remove/replace these fixtures and/or add a lead filtration system. Typically, we recommend homeowners to install a reverse osmosis filtration system and commercial customers to install lead-free bottle fillers.
Step 3: Monitor your Area
Once you are confident that your water sources are lead-free, you will want to monitor your area for ongoing lead in water issues. Typically, lead gets into drinking water after it leaves the city’s water treatment plant. So, it’s important to realize that your city will tell you that your water is tested and it’s lead-free. This DOES NOT mean that the water coming out of your faucet/fountain is lead-free. The water picks up the lead in your service lines, plumbing, solder and fixtures.
So, why monitor your water? Well, the corrosiveness of your source water can cause lead to leach into your drinking water. As you see in the news every day, there are hot spots (Flint) where you see widespread lead contamination. Even though, your water may be lead-free today, that could change tomorrow. For your overall peace of mind – it is important to monitor your area for elevated results.