Lead Water Testing CT

Why test your Connecticut water for lead?

Lead is a naturally-occurring inert metal that has been used by humans for over 9000 years.  It has been used widely in plumbing applications since the time of the Romans.  It has physical properties such as softness and ductility that have made it a key material or additive in many industrial processes as well as in paints, cosmetics, ammunitions, glass, glazes, electrical parts, fuels, batteries and more.  Unfortunately, it is also a potent neurotoxin that is extremely unhealthy for humans and wildlife.

Humans ingest lead though inhalation of dusts, by skin absorption, and through drinking and eating contaminated products.  Lead in the environment in CT can be a significant problem, particularly in industrial areas where lead mining or smelting and battery production or demolition has taken place.  Before they were banned in the 1970s, leaded gasoline additives contributed to widespread airborne lead exposure. In Connecticut, lead pollution occurs in lakes and streams where lead fishing gear is left behind.

Lead-bearing minerals such as galena (PbS) are common in Connecticut, but are seldom sources of drinking water pollution. Lead in drinking water is most often a result of lead solders or pipes used in household plumbing leaching into water sitting in the pipes.

Lead was also frequently used in household paints prior to 1978, presenting exposure risks from inhalation and touch that persist today. Although the EPA sets limits for drinking water exposure to lead, there is no safe level for lead exposure.

Many Connecticut household materials and products still contain lead, particularly if the products come from countries with lower consumer manufacturing standards.

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