Drinking Water Week a Chance for Homeowners to Learn More about Protecting from Lead
Water utility releases lead education video to help homeowners
identify lead pipes
BRYN MAWR, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Aqua America (Aqua), the American Water Works Association and the water
community are celebrating Drinking Water Week, May 7-13, 2017, by
recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives and the ways in
which consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap
water and water infrastructure at home and in the community. One way
Aqua is encouraging consumers to get involved is to help get the lead
out. The water utility recently released a new lead education video
advising homeowners to be vigilant about the dangers of lead in drinking
water and to replace any plumbing that could leak lead into the water
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Lead contamination is often the result of corrosion in the pipes and
plumbing materials belonging to homeowners. There are several potential
sources of lead that can contaminate drinking water, including:
household plumbing containing lead solder and brass fixtures and lead
service lines that run directly into homes.
In most cases, Aqua owns service lines from the water main and up to the
customer's curb. Once lines are on private property, they are beyond the
utility's control and it becomes the customer's responsibility to
mitigate lead exposure or to replace the lead plumbing. Homes built
before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder
inside, which can leach into the homeowner's water supply. According to
the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), approximately 10 million
American homes receive water from service lines that are at least
"Lead exposure is a serious concern for millions of homeowners
throughout the country," said Chris Crockett, Ph.D., chief environmental
officer of Aqua America. "Aqua is committed to delivering safe, reliable
drinking water to our customers. We encourage our customers and all
homeowners to work with a licensed plumber to identify and replace
lead-based pipes, fixtures and other materials in their home."
According to the EPA, lead can cause serious health problems including
damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production
of vital red blood cells. Infants, young children and pregnant women are
particularly vulnerable to the effects of lead exposure.
To minimize the potential for lead exposure from lead plumbing and
service lines, Aqua advises homeowners to:
Run the tap for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for
drinking or cooking, especially if water hasn't been used in several
Only use cold water to cook, drink or prepare baby formula.
Use National Sanitation Foundation approved water filtration devices
for effective lead reduction.
To help homeowners better understand lead and know what they can do if
they are concerned about lead in their water, Aqua developed an
educational video that customers can view here.
Aqua customers can also call Aqua at 877.987.2782 for information about
having their water tested for lead.
Aqua America is one of the largest U.S.-based, publicly traded water
utilities and serves nearly 3 million people in Pennsylvania, Ohio,
North Carolina, Illinois, Texas, New Jersey, Indiana and Virginia. Aqua
America is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol
WTR. Visit AquaAmerica.com
for more information, or follow Aqua on Facebook at facebook.com/MyAquaAmerica
and on Twitter at @MyAquaAmerica.
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Source: Aqua America
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