The Safety of Tap Water in America, Part 3: Lead Poisoning


It’s okay to feel deceived.

The vast majority of us in the United States have grown up in houses connected to city water supplies. We turn on the tap, water comes out, and that’s what we use to drink, brush our teeth, wash our dishes, and bathe.

After news of the Flint crisis broke, stories from across the country have people concerned that maybe their tap water isn’t as clean or as healthy as they once believed.

It’s so easy to take for granted something as simple as water, especially when it’s always available and provided at a relatively low cost by your city. But when you discover that the same water you’ve spent your life drinking might be contaminated, how are you supposed to respond?

An article at The Guardian said,

Water utilities in some of the largest cities in the US that collectively serve some 12 million people have used tests that downplay the amount of lead contamination found in drinking water for more than a decade, an analysis of testing protocols reveals.

If that isn’t scary enough, the article goes on to say that an estimated 96 million Americans live with lead service lines – pipes that carry water from mains to meters. Lead lines are one of the most serious risk factors affecting the amount of lead in water that pours from the tap.

Water is naturally a corrosive liquid and takes on the properties of the materials it passes through. Drinking water from lead pipes over a prolonged period of time could lead to disastrous health results.

Lead poisoning is a serious and sometimes fatal condition. It occurs when lead builds up in the body over an extended period of time. Lead is a highly toxic metal and a very strong poison, especially in young children. Since lead poisoning affects the body’s nervous system, symptoms can include poor memory, poor behavior, and falling grades in school. It can also lead to vomiting, kidney disfunction and, ultimately, coma and death.

The best way to protect yourself from lead exposure in tap water is to not drink tap water. All over the country people are turning to bottled water for their cooking and drinking needs, which can be delivered straight to the home on a regular basis.

Castle Rock Water offers this service, and posts its water quality reports online for all to view. The water is pure, fresh, and never modified by humans. The human body thrives on natural untouched water, and it doesn’t get any more pure than the water that flows through the streams of Mt. Shasta.

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