Anyone who has paid attention to the news lately is more than likely becoming concerned with the state of Chicago’s water. This concern comes off the tail end of learning what has happened to Flint, Michigan’s water supply. We’ve all heard the stories and seen the pictures of Flint’s water. Not only did their water look undrinkable, it actually was, due to the high traces of lead. Drinking water with lead in it can be detrimental to the development of children that are still in the early stages of development. Each year in the United States about 310,000 children between the ages of 1 to 5 years old have been found to have unsafe amounts of lead in their blood. All those children could end up facing a multitude of symptoms. These symptoms include: headaches, stomach pain, behavioral issues, anemia and may even affect the child’s developing brain. Lead is in fact toxic to everyone regardless of their age. You will not see these issues in a healthy adult who has not already ingested high amounts of lead in their developing years. When you ingest lead it not only circulates your blood stream, but it will eventually find its way into your bones. It’s when a person reaches the elderly stage of their life the lead in their bones will start to become troublesome. When you become older your bones start to lose density. When your bones start to lose density it will let loose the lead that your bones have been holding and eventually the lead will find its way to the brain. There have been a plethora of studies showing that high amounts of lead being released into the brain can cause Alzheimer’s disease as well as dementia.
Now knowing what ingesting lead can do to the human body through a life time, it sounds like we have a serious problem here, however there are steps that we can all take to prevent lead based diseases. The department of water management already treats the water with a chemical called blended polyphosphate which prevents leeching in lead pipes. If there is construction on any city water pipes, the city would need to shut the water off which stops the flow of the chemical. Once the water is turned back on it’ll take time to recoat the lead pipes and in that time span, lead will likely be flowing in your water. Not only can construction be the blame for lead in the water, there is more than likely lead pipes, fixtures and even soldering in your own home. Using lead pipes, fixtures and soldering has been illegal for decades, but we're all aware there are plenty of homes in Chicago that are 100 years old or more. You may be considering re-piping your home and installing new fixtures, but that can be extremely costly. There are cheaper and just as safe alternatives to protect yourself and your family from the dangers of lead. One option to consider is a block carbon filter for a faucet. A block carbon filter will filter out all of the lead and the water will be safe to drink. Another option would be to get a reverse osmosis system for your faucets. For further information you should always contact your local licensed plumber who will have knowledge of these simple ways to keep your family safe from the harm of lead.
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