by April Muir
June 2, 2015
Heavy metals such as lead may get into your water from the pipes and plumbing coming into your home.
The health effects of excessive exposure to these heavy metals can be serious, especially for young children and babies. It can cause delays in physical and mental development. Also, adults may potentially be impacted by heavy metals with kidney problems and high blood pressure when exposed to levels above the EPA maximum contaminant level for extended periods of time.
The EPA estimates that 20% of human exposure to lead happens through the ingestion of everyday drinking water. Corrosion of plumbing and pipes bringing water to your home also bring a surplus of contaminants very dangerous for human consumption. Exposure to lead has been linked to delays in physical or mental development in children. In adults, lead exposure may potentially cause kidney problems and high blood pressure when exposed to levels above the EPA maximum-contaminant level for extended periods of time. Children, infants and pregnant women are even more susceptible to the damages caused by lead ingestion.
Mercury is a liquid metal that gets into the water from sources including natural deposits, refinery and factory discharge, and landfill runoff. Exposure to excessive amounts of mercury may potentially cause kidney damage when exposed to levels above the EPA maximum-contaminant level for extended periods of time.