Lead pipes were used in water service lines of homes built before 1962. In 1968, the use of lead pipes was banned in the United States.
What should you know?
- Homes built before 1962 have lead pipes and water service lines.
- Lead in your home’s tap water typically comes from older fixtures, in which lead solder was used, or when water sits in lead pipes for several hours between uses.
- Filter your water and replace cartridges regularly. Buy a water filter that is certified to remove lead; look for NSF/ANSI 53.
- If you cannot afford a filter, always run your cold water tap for 3 minutes between uses.
- Women of child-bearing age and children under 6 should ALWAYS drink and cook with filtered or bottled water.
- Always use cold tap water for cooking and drinking.
- Clean water screens on your faucet weekly.
- See a doctor if you’re worried about lead exposure.
What should you NOT do?
- DO NOT cook with hot tap water.
- DO NOT make infant formula with hot tap water.
- Boiling water DOES NOT remove lead.
- Get tested for lead exposure: Contact your doctor, local WIC Clinic or your city’s Health Department.
- Well Fed Means Less Lead! See the Get Well Fed page for tips on protecting your family through the use of healthy foods.
- Visit GetWellFed.org for more information.
- To find a NSF/ANSI53 water filter certified to remove lead check our resources page.