Lead occurs naturally in the environment and has many industrial uses. Everyone is exposed to low levels of lead in small doses. However, ongoing exposure to even small amounts of lead may be harmful to your health.
Lead occurs naturally in the environment and has many industrial uses. Everyone is exposed to low levels of lead through food, drinking water, air, household dust, soil, and some consumer products. However, ongoing exposure to even small amounts of lead may be harmful to your health.
Affects of Lead
Recent scientific studies on lead show that adverse health effects are occurring at lower levels of exposure to lead than previously thought. At low levels of exposure to lead, the main health effect observed the nervous system; specifically, exposure to lead may have subtle effects on the intellectual development of infants and children. Infants and toddlers are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead because they are undergoing a period of rapid development; furthermore, their growing bodies absorb lead more easily and excrete lead less efficiently than adults. In addition, infants and young children are more likely to ingest lead because of their natural habit of putting objects into their mouths.
Health effects associated with exposure to high levels of lead include vomiting, diarrhea, convulsions, coma or even death. However, such severe cases of lead poisoning are rare in Canada.
Sources of Exposure to Lead
Before leaded gasoline was phased out in Canada, lead in the air was the predominant source of exposure for Canadians. Today, the primary source of exposure to lead for Canadians is from food and drinking water although several factors, such as whether your home has lead, copper or plastic service lines, can affect your exposure level. For infants and toddlers, ingestion of soil and dust containing lead, along with food and drinking water, are the greatest sources of exposure to lead in the environment.
Old Pipes and your Drinking Water
Lead can enter the water supply from old lead service connections (pipes) or lead solder in the plumbing in your home. Homes built before 1950 often have lead service connections since lead was commonly used to supply water to Canadian homes before then. Lead solder was used for plumbing until 1990 when the National Plumbing Code of Canada no longer allowed the use of lead solder in new drinking water plumbing or in repairs to existing drinking water systems. The amount of lead leached into drinking water will increase as water sits in pipes or if the water is very soft or very acidic. Many municipalities have instituted programs to replace lead service lines.
Performance Water Systems offers the customizable Kinetico K5 Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Station, including a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) filtration option to remove lead.
The K5 removes more contaminants than any other NSF certified drinking water system and produces over 150 litres (40 gallons) a day without electricity or pumps.
Call or email Performance Water Systems today and make an appointment to speak to a Water Treatment Specialist about treating your water supply.