Lead Poisoning: Contaminated Drinking Water - Topic Overview
If you suspect that your drinking water is contaminated with
lead, ask experts from your local or state health
department to test the water in your home.
- Don't cook with, drink, or make baby formula with
water from the hot water tap. Hot water pulls more lead out of pipes than cold
- Let cold water run for a few
minutes before using it for drinking or
- Don't boil the water. As the water boils away, you'll have a smaller amount of water with the same amount of lead in it. So the water has a stronger "dose," or concentration, of lead.
- You can buy and use a water filter certified to remove lead.
- Consider using bottled water.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
June 05, 2012
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