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Lead and tap water

Water contaminated with lead

 

Information

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors drinking water in the United States. It requires water suppliers to produce annual water quality reports. These reports include information about lead amounts, and they are available to the public.

For more information, call the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) and the National Lead Information Center (800-LEAD-FYI).

 

References

United States Environmental Protection Agency. Basic information about lead in drinking water. www.epa.gov/your-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. Updated: March 17, 2016. Accessed: March 17, 2016.

 
  • Lead testing

    Lead testing - illustration

    Lead is a natural element with thousands of uses. Because it is widespread (and often hidden) lead can easily contaminate food and water where it is undetectable to the eye or taste.

    Lead testing

    illustration

    • Lead testing

      Lead testing - illustration

      Lead is a natural element with thousands of uses. Because it is widespread (and often hidden) lead can easily contaminate food and water where it is undetectable to the eye or taste.

      Lead testing

      illustration

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          Review Date: 10/9/2015

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