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Lead Prevention

Published February 22, 2024

Mitigating Risk

In New Jersey, as in many other regions, understanding the dangers of lead exposure and taking proactive measures to mitigate risks is paramount to safeguarding the well-being of communities. Lead, a toxic heavy metal, can find its way into our water supply through various sources, posing significant health risks, particularly for vulnerable populations such as children and pregnant women.

Prevention Is Key

Regular testing of drinking water is essential to identify lead contamination promptly. Homeowners should contact their local water utility or health department to request water testing services. If lead levels are elevated, installing a certified water filter that specifically targets lead can effectively remove the toxin from drinking water.

Additionally, maintaining plumbing systems and fixtures can help prevent lead leaching into water. Regularly inspecting and replacing corroded pipes, fittings, and solder can minimize the risk of lead contamination. Flushing the tap for at least 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for drinking or cooking can also help reduce lead exposure, particularly in homes with stagnant water in the pipes.