(WESTERVILLE, OH — July 13, 2016) Since lead is harmful when consumed by both humans and animals, the National Ground Water Association urges residential water well users in regions where corrosive water levels have been detected to investigate and determine whether lead is present in their drinking water.
NGWA issued this important call to action to supplement the release of research results released by the U.S. Geological Survey on July 13, 2016.
While corrosive water does not represent a direct health risk to humans and animals in and of itself, the presence of lead-leaching components in a well system or household plumbing is a concern, especially in older houses and well systems.
Two factors affect how much lead may be leaching into your drinking water:
Based on these two measures, parts of the United States may have residential water well systems yielding potentially corrosive groundwater, according to the USGS. Its research suggests if private well users are not aware their source water is corrosive, are not treating for it, and have lead-content pipes, plumbing fittings, or well system components, they may be at risk for having lead in their drinking water.
NGWA has been working proactively on this subject.
The Association urges residential water well users in regions where corrosive water levels have been detected to call upon a water well system professional to audit your water system for any components that may have lead content.
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