Sunday, August 14, 2016

File under USEFUL THINGS TO KNOW: "Do you have lead pipes in your home?"

Alert readers will recall this post from April 7, 2016:

Mapping the risk of lead poisoning ... in downtown New Albany.

Neighborhoods where kids face the highest risk of lead poisoning exist all across America.

The trouble is that exposure risk is surprisingly difficult estimate, due to a variety of state-by-state differences in reporting standards. So we worked with epidemiologists in Washington state to estimate risk levels in every geographic area in America.

NPR offers this useful primer for use in your own home.

Do you have lead pipes in your home?

Lead exposure, even in small amounts, may cause health problems. It is connected with behavior and learning problems in kids, and high blood pressure and kidney problems in adults.

Lead in water systems is one possible source of exposure, and that’s because in many homes, the pipe that connects the building's plumbing to the water system is still made of lead.

We’ll help you find out whether your drinking water is at risk in a few simple steps. You won't need anything fancier than a magnet and a coin, but you will need to be at home to follow along.

If you do find lead, we’ll show you what you can do.

As for Indiana-American Water, here's a reminder from 2013:

Photo of the week: Rat bastards at Indiana-American Water proffer blood money as disgusted populace looks on.

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