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Toxic Taps: Lead is Still the Problem

Water Pipes

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  • Millions of water pipes known as service lines are still made from lead, and could be carrying contaminated water into your home on a daily basis.
  • While the government has attempted to remedy this problem with pipe replacements, the solution has backfired; in addition to not removing all of the lead pipes, the replacement process may actually increase the health risks by elevating water lead levels.
  • You may or may not receive warning that a partial pipe replacement in your area could temporarily increase your water’s lead levels and your health risks; while utilities are supposed to let you know, many do not.
  • Your safest and most economical choice to get lead out of your water is to make sure it is filtered when it comes out of your tap, or, alternatively, when it comes into your home. Large carbon filters and a whole house water filtration system will remove dangerous levels of lead, along with the host of other contaminants, including over 500 toxic disinfectant by-products, that are often present in drinking water.

By Dr. Mercola

Lead is one of the most well characterized toxins known to harm and damage your brain and nervous system. It is so toxic that it has been banned in gasoline and children's toys, and lead paint hasn't been in use since 1978.

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