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Lead in Your Drinking Water
Lead is a heavy metal that can be hazardous if breathed or swallowed. Its use in gasoline, paints, and plumbing compounds has been sharply restricted or eliminated by federal laws and regulations.
Lead is rarely found in source water but can enter tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. In homes without lead service lines, the most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and plumbing with lead solder.
Lead is harmful even in small doses, as the EPA attests. The EPA has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero. This means that there is no amount of lead, no matter how small, that’s safe for human consumption.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to find out whether there is lead present in your drinking water. First, check local quality reports. You can find your local Consumer Confidence Report here.
Second, have your water tested. Pentair’s Water Test Kit tests for the presence of 16 common contaminants, including lead. Last, if you determine that you need a water filter to address lead, consider one of these options:
- Countertop Drinking Filter System - For families on a tight budget, the Countertop Drinking Filter System is a cost-effective choice. This water filter system, available in countertop and under-the-counter models, filters more than 60 contaminants, including lead. The system is NSF-certified and filters up to 98% of lead. When used as directed you’ll enjoy better tasting, refreshing water for your whole family.
- FreshPoint GRO-575 Five-Stage Reverse Osmosis System - This system delivers worry-free water in a snap. Our unique "click and enjoy" design simplifies cartridge exchange with technology certified to reduce 98.6% of lead. The GRO-575 is a five-stage reverse osmosis system that reduces more than 90% of all contaminants and impurities found in water.
- Drinking Water Purification System - This state-of-the-art water purifier targets unwanted elements on a microscopic level, filtering compounds bacteria, viruses, chlorine, lead, and microorganisms. Its three-stage design will discontinue water flow when its capacity to filter unwanted elements is exhausted, conveniently alerting you it is time to replace the filter.
- Heavy Duty Lead Filtration System - When you have heavy metals in your water, you need a heavy-duty solution. Meet the ultimate contender: the Pentair Heavy Duty Lead Filtration System. This filter is certified to reduce lead and cysts like Giardia, while maximizing your water pressure. Keep your family connected to refreshing, great-tasting water with a system approved by the pros.
Remember, any amount of lead in your water is cause for concern. That’s why the people of Pentair are so committed to delivering smart, sustainable water solutions that get the world spinning in a happy, refreshing new direction. If you have any questions about our lead treatment solutions, don’t hesitate to contact a Pentair Water Solutions expert today.
Disclaimer: The information on this website has not been reviewed by the FDA. Products offered for sale herein are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or health condition. No medical claims are being made or implied. Contaminants mentioned are not necessarily in your water.