Lead in drinking water has certainly been in the news.  Earlier this year, there were the horrific stories of lead in the drinking water in Flint, MI.  Then, a few weeks ago, the city of Highland Park shut off faucets in city-owned facilities after they tested high for lead.  The EPA mandates that water contain lead at no more than 15 parts per billion (ppb).  In Highland Park, one faucet tested at 97 ppb, and another one at 21 ppb. In Flint, by comparison, some homes tested at more than 10,000 ppb.   

As you know, lead can be extremely dangerous for children.  While the main sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint, lead contaminated dust, and lead contaminated soil, as these examples show, lead can be present in drinking water.

While water is always treated and tested at water filtration plants, there is some risk that it could be tainted by lead after it leaves the plant.  There are three ways this can happen.

Additionally, elevated lead levels may occur if water is left standing in pipes for several hours, or if the lead pipes are disturbed for repair work. 

So what can you do?  Here are a few simple ideas:

Here are a few more ideas: