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.
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June 05, 2012
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