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Lead Water Treatment

For decades, American parents have worried about exposing their children to lead paint. Families that live in older houses (particularly those built before 1978, when lead paint was banned from residential use) are careful about maintaining painted surfaces in their homes to reduce the ingestion of lead. Some sources say that lead is often found in houses built before 1986 because of lead being used in household plumbing. And because most of us live in houses we regard as safely lead-free, we've been resting pretty easy. See more information on lead below.

Most Popular Lead Water Treatment Products
PUR RF-9999 Faucet Water Filters PUR RF-9999 3 Stage Faucet Water Filters (3-Pack)
Fits all PUR Faucet Systems; Replaces the PUR RF-4050, RF-3375 RF-3050
(3-Pack)
(Fits Faucet System: FM-4700L) PUR RF-9999 Faucet Water Filters



Lead Water Treatment (Total Products: 9)

PuroTwist 4000 Reverse Osmosis System PuroTwist 4000 Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
4-Stage RO; 50 Gallons Per Day; Air Gap
PuroTwist 4000 Reverse Osmosis System

Pentek RO-3500 Reverse Osmosis System Pentek RO-3500 Reverse Osmosis System
3-Stage RO System; Filters and Faucet Included
Pentek RO-3500 Reverse Osmosis System

Pentek CBR2-10 Lead Reduction Water Filters Pentek CBR2-10 Lead Reduction Water Filters (9-3/4" x 2-7/8")
9-3/4" x 2-7/8"; Lead Reduction Filter
NOT FOR RESIDENTIAL SALE IN CALIFORNIA
Pentek CBR2-10 Lead Reduction Water Filters

Culligan D-250A Undersink Replacement Filter Culligan D-250A Under Sink Water Filter Set
0.5 Micron, 9.75" x 2.4" x 2.4"
(Culligan Label)
Culligan D-250A Undersink Replacement Filter

Culligan D-40 Replacement Water Filter Culligan D-40A Under Sink Replacement Water Filter
0.5 Micron, 9.75" x 2.4" x 2.4"
Culligan D-40 Replacement Water Filter

KX Matrikx 06-425-200-20 Water Filter KX Matrikx +Pb1 06-425-200-20 Lead Reduction Filter (20" x 4.25")
20 L x 4.25 W; 0.5 Micron Nominal Filtration; Lead, Cyst, Turbidity Reduction
KX Matrikx 06-425-200-20 Water Filter

Hydrotech 41400010 S-FS-13 Aquafier Lead Filter Hydrotech 41400010 S-FS-13 Aquafier Lead Filter
1 Micron; Lead Removal; Model # S-FS-13
Hydrotech 41400010 S-FS-13 Aquafier Lead Filter

Tier1 RO5P 5 Stage RO System With Pump Tier1 RO5P 5 Stage RO System With Pump
50 gpd; Includes a 110v Pump, Bladder Tank, Wrench, Standard Faucet, and Filters
Tier1 RO5P 5 Stage RO System With Pump

NTL WaterTest Lab Analysis Water Test Kit WaterTest Laboratory Analysis Water Testing Kit
(BASIC) Water Test Kit to send in for Professional Lab Analysis - 27 Contaminants
NTL WaterTest Lab Analysis Water Test Kit


But periodic lead scares bring lead to our attention again. And in our reading and research into lead, we are reminded that the reality is not as rosy as we'd thought. While it's true that lead paint on our children's toys is intolerable, it's also true that many of us live in homes that are not as lead-free as we'd assumed, and that we must take responsibility for removing lead from our lives.

Lead (Pb) is often found in older plumbing. Lead pipes and lead soldering were commonly used, once upon a time, and many of our houses still have these fixtures. As time goes on and the pipes deteriorate, this means that lead is seeping into the water that comes out of our faucets. The most common cause of lead in drinking water is corrosion, a reaction between the water and the lead pipes or solder. We can't see the lead, and we can't taste it or smell it either. But we know that lead is a threat, and we need to address it.

Lead is toxic. It causes damage to the human nervous system, hearing loss, and can result in stunted growth, low IQ levels, and kidney damage. It has also been associated with reproductive problems. The effects of lead are cumulative. Obviously it is important for us to reduce our contact with lead to an absolutely minimal level - but how can this be achieved? We can try to control the matter of lead paint, but lead in water is much trickier.

Water must be tested to establish the presence of lead. It's simple to purchase a water test kit and tests can be done for little money. If your water shows significant lead levels, you will ideally want to install a whole-house water filtering system; at the very least, a system installed under your sink will assure you that your drinking and cooking water are lead-free.

There are a few basic measures you can take to reduce your exposure to lead through drinking water. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that, at the very least, you let your faucet run for two or three minutes before taking water to drink or cook with. This gives sitting water time to run through; water that's been sitting on lead in the pipes will accumulate lead particles, and it's safest to let them flush themselves through. Don't ever drink hot water straight from the tap, because it can contains more lead than cold water; the heat lets lead dissolve more easily so it carries lead better. You cannot rid water of lead by boiling it. This will have the opposite of the desired effect: rather than getting rid of lead in your water, you'll end up with a kind of concentrated lead soup.

Many people share an understandable concern about wasting water in the lead-flushing process. In the name of environmental awareness, we suggest that old bottles and jugs be used to hold that water so that it can be used for watering plants or dish rinsing or other purposes than drinking or cooking. There are many uses for this water, and it is not necessary to let it just go down the drain.

For advice on reducing lead in your kitchen or whole-house water supply, please contact the knowledgeable staff at WaterFilters.NET. They will be happy to discuss the matter with you, establish your household's needs, and work to solve your lead problem.