Lead Poisoning: Contaminated Drinking Water

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Lead Poisoning: Contaminated Drinking Water

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If you suspect that your drinking water is contaminated with lead, ask experts from your local health unit or provincial ministry of health to test the water in your home.

  • Don't cook with, drink, or make baby formula with water from the hot water tap. Hot water pulls more lead out of pipes than cold water does.
  • Let cold water run for a few minutes in the morning before using it for drinking or cooking.
  • Don't boil cold water for longer than 5 minutes when making baby formula. Boiling away water increases the concentration of lead.
  • Buy and use a water filter certified to remove lead.

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By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Primary Medical Reviewer Donald Sproule, MD, CM, CCFP, FCFP - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer R. Steven Tharratt, MD, MPVM, FACP, FCCP - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Medical Toxicology
Last Revised August 3, 2010

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