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How to Monitor for Lead in Water at Your Facility
Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Lead is an extremely toxic chemical that is found naturally in the ground and atmosphere. In 1979 in the United States, cars released 208.1 million pounds of lead.

While governments and companies have come a long way since then, lead is still a serious threat to our health.

Let's talk about monitoring lead in water and the proper steps you can take for your facility.

Dangers of Lead in Water

Lead is simply a metal, but we aren't as worried about a lead pipe carrying the water. Lead is found in the ground, so any groundwater used for drinking is at risk.

Lead is one of the most dangerous substances in the world for human consumption. Small amounts lead to devastating health risks like brain damage. This is especially true for children, who can be affected by the smallest doses.

Children can have their learning and development slowed, their hearing and speech damaged, lose their concentration and develop behavior problems with minuscule amounts of the chemical.

When lead levels are not monitored and controlled in water, it can cause serious and even fatal effects to massive amounts of people who consume the water. So what can you do to stop it?

How To Monitor Lead in Water

The best defense you can have against lead poisoning is knowledge of the issue and proper steps for monitoring lead levels. Here are a couple of simple steps to take to keep your drinking water safe in your facility.

Regularly-scheduled testing for lead is extremely important for the safety of everybody in your facility. Purchasing water quality monitors for lead, as well as any other toxin is a great first step.

Identify the fixtures that need to be tested. Any fixture that is being used for drinking should be monitored regularly.

Once you know where to monitor, do not remove the aerator from the fixture at any point during the sampling process.

For accurate results, get a sample of cold water in a 250-milliliter bottle, and repeat this process at least once every 6 months, as water sources can change over time.

Communicate with your staff and make sure that the responsibilities of checking the levels are delegated and explained clearly. Establish a plan if the lead levels are too high, including who the report goes to, how it is addressed, and an action plan moving forward.

If the lead levels are normal, make sure to follow up with a lab and keep testing regularly.

Check the levels of all other toxins regularly, and keep yourself, your staff, and your customers safe!

Next Steps

Finding lead in water can be scary, so be sure to establish an emergency plan with your staff if you discover high lead levels.

Lead can cause serious brain damage with such small quantities, so follow these steps and make sure your water is safe.

Be diligent and responsible for everybody's safety, and find out what's in your water.

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