Is there lead in your water?
Several water systems in Arizona that years ago had found unsafe amounts of lead in water samples didn’t start taking required action that includes notifying customers until February.
That was shortly after The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com began requesting information about lead levels in drinking water from the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality and several water utilities.
The Republic found some water providers did not conduct follow-up testing or notify their customers after water samples revealed elevated lead levels. The Environmental Protection Agency requires that water providers take those steps, and more, if more than 10 percent of their samples reveal the presence of lead contamination at more than 15 parts per billion.
Is lead in the water harmful to your health?
Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that public health actions be initiated when the level of lead in a child’s blood is 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) or more.
It is important to recognize all the ways a child can be exposed to lead. Children are exposed to lead in paint, dust, soil, air, and food, as well as drinking water. If the level of lead in a child’s blood is at or above the CDC action level of 5 micrograms per deciliter, it may be due to lead exposures from a combination of sources. EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person’s total exposure to lead. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 percent to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Even low levels of lead in the blood of children can result in:
- Behavior and learning problems
- Lower IQ and hyperactivity
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
In rare cases, ingestion of lead can cause seizures, coma and even death.
Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium and is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus to lead. This can result in serious effects to the mother and her developing fetus, including:
- Reduced growth of the fetus
- Premature birth
Find out more about lead’s effects on pregnancy:
- Effects of Workplace Hazards on Female Reproductive Health(National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health)
Lead can also be transmitted through breast milk. Read more on lead exposure in pregnancy and lactating women (PDF) (302 pp, 4.3 MB, About PDF) .
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:
- Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
- Decreased kidney function
- Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
Does Boyett’s family water treatment have a solution to effectively remove the lead in your water?
……carbon block filters made of activated carbon such as TAPP 2 are specially designed to remove coliform and lead.
How does activated carbon filtration work?
How does activated carbon filtration work?
Activated carbon filters are small pieces of carbon, in granular or block form, that have been treated to be extremely porous. Just one gram of activated carbon can easily have a surface area of 5k-30k square feet. It’s the surface area that allows active carbon filters to be very effective in adsorbing (essentially removing) contaminants and other substances.
In addition to the surface area active carbon filters have different capabilities in terms of the size of contaminants they remove. Activated carbon filters range from around 50 microns to 0.5 microns. The smaller the more effective but smaller pores also may reduce water flow.
When the water flows through active carbon filters the chemicals stick to the carbon resulting in purer water output. The effectiveness depends on the flow and temperature of the water. Therefore most smaller active carbon filters should be used with low pressure and cold water.
Activated carbon is usually made of coconut shells, wood or coal and sold as granular activated carbon or carbon blocks.
What does active carbon filters remove and reduce?
Active carbon is very effective in removing at least 81 chemicals, effective in another 30 and moderately effective for 22. In reality it’s a lot more but these are chemicals that have been thoroughly tested.
There are also contaminants that active carbon doesn’t remove which we will cover below. For a complete lists see links below in sources.
According to EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency in the United States) Activated Carbon is the only filter recommended to remove all 32 identified organic contaminants including THMs (by-products from chlorine). The same is true for all 14 listed pesticides and 12 herbicides. https://tappwater.co/us/what-activated-carbon-remove/
Here is our solution to remove lead from your water:
Dynamic duel: whole house carbon filtration and water softener (all in one package): http://wp.azh2o.com/dynamicduel-2/
This dynamic duel carbon filter and water softener can be built with activated carbon (TAPP 2 that is specially designed to remove coliform and lead). Important note: be sure to request this TAPP 2 carbon when ordering your water treatment equipment).
A related topic: Lead in the water contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire
When in ancient Rome, don’t drink as the Romans do. High-born Romans sipped beverages cooked in lead vessels and channeled spring water into their homes through lead pipes (pictured). Some historians argue that lead poisoning plagued the Roman elite with diseases such as gout and hastened the empire’s fall
Let’s not let our empire fail because of drinking lead in your water.
Call us to learn about our water treatment system that will protect you from ‘lead in the water’.
Boyett’s family water treatment
P.S We also specialize in providing soft water to homes and businesses in Phoenix Arizona.
A little bit more information on lead in Michigan:
MORE THAN A DOZEN MICHIGAN WATER SYSTEMS FAILED FEDERAL LEAD TESTS