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Lead Education

What is Lead and Where is it Found?

Lead is a naturally occurring element commonly found in our environment, entering tap water through service lines and home plumbing materials, including pipes, solder, brass fixtures, faucets, and fittings. Lead is generally not found in significant quantities in source water.

Lower Your Risk

  • Keep your home clean and dust-free.
  • Inspect around painted doors, windows and drawers to prevent deterioration, removing paint chips.
  • Repair water damage.
  • Use cold water to prepare food and drinks. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead; boiling water does not reduce that amount.
  • Flush pipes/water outlets 30 seconds to 2 minutes before drinking or cooking.
  • Keep outlet screens or faucet aerators clean and free of debris.
  • Wash your hands often; keep bottles, pacifiers and toys clean.
  • Eat well-balanced meals; children with healthy diets absorb less lead.
  • Consider replacing lead-containing fixtures.
  • Make sure contractors doing home renovation, repairs or painting are Lead-Safe Certified and follow lead-safe work practices.
  • Prevent lead exposure in young children by teaching them to wash their hands often and to wipe and remove their shoes after playing outside. 
  • Have your water tested.

If you suspect exposure to lead, your doctor or local health department may perform a simple blood test to determine lead levels. You may also want to check your home for sources of lead or have your water tested. Learn more how you can prevent lead exposure and possible health risks at

* Source: U.S. EPA

View the latest lead education report, given to City Council on June 2, 2016, here.

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