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Is There Lead In Your Water?

Is There Lead In Your Water?

Lead in drinking water continues to be a serious health issue. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996, which then resulted in the banning of lead pipes, solder and brass fittings in plumbing. In 2011, Congress passed the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act (RLDWA) revising the definition of lead-free by lowering the maximum lead content of the wetted surfaces of plumbing products. However, many homes, schools and buildings that stand today were constructed before this ban.

The most common way that lead gets into water is through the corrosion of pipes, according to the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF). Lead can be introduced into water when the water sits too long in leaded pipes, which can then unknowingly be consumed. Since lead in drinking water cannot be detected through scent, sight or taste, the only way to confirm its presence is through proper analysis. We use EMSL Analytical, Inc. a nationally recognized and certified testing laboratory that provides analysis to companies and government agencies.

If you have any concerns, Blue Mountain can test your drinking water for you. We offer fast turnaround times and are capable of providing a range of lead testing services.

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