Information About Lead in Drinking Water
The Medina County Sanitary Engineers Office conducts random lead testing of County supplied water to comply with EPA requirements. Lead in drinking water above the EPA action level (15 parts per billion per liter) can significantly increase risk of damage to the brain, red blood cells, and kidneys if too much enters your body. The risk is higher for pregnant women and young children.
Drinking water can contain lead as a result of corrosion of materials containing lead within the water distribution system and/or household plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass, chrome-plated brass faucets, and pipes made of lead that connect your house to the water main (service lines).
Precautions you can take include the following:
- Run water for approximately one minute before using for drinking or cooking if your faucet has gone unused for six hours or more. Run water two to three minutes if your service line has lead in it.
- Use cold water for from the tap for cooking and drinking. Hot water from the tap can dissolve more lead quicker than cold water.
- Inspect your plumbing and remove any loose lead solder and debris. Remove the faucet strainers from taps and run water three to five minutes.
- The wiring in your home should be inspected by an electrician. If your electrical system is grounded to your pipes, it may cause greater corrosion.
For further information about lead and drinking water, please visit the following website:Environmental Protection Agency