Topic Overview

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
    water does.
  • Let cold water run for a few
    minutes before using it for drinking or
    cooking.
  • 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.
  • Don’t prepare, serve, or store food or drinks in ceramic pottery or crystal glasses unless you are sure they are lead-free.

References

Other Works Consulted

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). Water. Available online: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/water.htm.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (2009). Water on tap: What you need to know. Available online: https://water.epa.gov/drink/guide.

Credits

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer John Pope, MD – Pediatrics
Kathleen Romito, MD – Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP – Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology

Current as ofMay 4, 2017