It is well-known of the current lead issues in drinking water in Flint Michigan. Now, a newly released article from USA Today, suggests the issues of lead in drinking water is more widespread throughout the United States than originally thought. The article states nearly 2000 water systems throughout all 50 states have tested with lead levels above the EPA standard of 15 parts per billion. (USA Today)
Lead enters the drinking supply by a process called leaching. In the case of Flint Michigan, the tap water was tainted when the city began using the Flint River as its source, and government officials failed to consider the effects of anti-corrosive chemicals used to treat the water and how the chemicals would react with an aged plumbing system. This caused lead to leach from the pipes of the municipality and homes. Lead commonly leaches from the corrosion of older pipes, solder, fixtures, faucets, and fittings. Even though a majority of water systems test for lead as part of their monitoring programs, these tests fail to reflect conditions at specific water outlets or taps.
If you suspect or are curious of your levels of lead in your drinking water, or have a plumbing system older than the 1980s, a simple water test is available for your needs. Please contact Heather Ramig or Robert Ferris at Midwest Laboratories to obtain a water testing kit for analysis. Kits are also available at our e-store website .