LEAD IN DRINKING WATER
Lead in drinking water continues to be a serious health issue. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) was originally passed by Congress in 1974. The law was amended in 1986 and 1996, which then resulted in the banning of lead pipes, solder and brass fittings in plumbing. However, many homes, schools and buildings that stand today were constructed before this ban.
The most common way that lead gets into water is through the corrosion of pipes, according to the Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF). Lead can be introduced into water when the water sits too long in leaded pipes, which can then unknowingly be consumed. Since lead in drinking water cannot be detected through scent, sight or taste, the only way to confirm its presence is through proper analysis.
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