Can Water Filters Remove Lead?

What happened in Flint first appeared to be an isolated incident of high lead levels in water. However, it is now clear that Flint was not an isolated case.

According to USA Today, almost 2,000 additional water systems spanning all 50 states were discovered to have excessive levels of lead . The water systems, which reported lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards, collectively supply water to 6 million people.

It is now known that when pipes carrying

water to homes, schools, and care centers begin to corrode, lead can enter our drinking water. Moreover, water that has high acidity or low mineral content is especially corrosive to fixtures and pipes.

Today, most pipes are made of copper. However, most homes built before 1986 still have lead solder connecting their copper pipes. Thus, the risk of lead in drinking water is high. The Center for Disease Control estimates there are 4 million households in the U.S. where children are being exposed to high levels of lead.

And even if a home is brand new, the pipes carrying water may be bring lead-contaminated water to a household. The EPA reports that hundreds of major cities in the U.S. still have 100% lead piping connecting municipal water plants to homes and businesses.

The lead pipe issue and aging infrastructure of our municipal water systems will take time and money to remedy. It’s estimated that water suppliers need to spend more than 250 Billion Dollars to repair this problem--and this will not happen overnight.

By, Ryan Sinderbrand

Resources: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/03/11/nearly-2000-water-systems-fail-lead tests/81220466/ 

https://www.espwaterproducts.com/how-to-remove-lead-from water/ 

https://www.bigcitieshealth.org/lead#:~:text=In%20the%20U.S.%20today %2C%20there,that%20is%20safe%20for%20children,