Testing for lead and copper in your drinking water

Have you ever tested the quality of your drinking water?
Are lead or copper contaminating the water in your home or office?

When lead or copper pipes corrode, these heavy metals can leach into your drinking water. To address this, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), requiring utilities to make drinking water less corrosive to materials it comes in contact with on its way to consumer properties.

In addition, the Safe Drinking Water Act requires EPA to determine “maximum contaminant level goals,” or MCLGs for drinking water based on health risks. The MCLG for lead is zero because it is toxic even at low exposure levels and can accumulate in the body over time.

Home drinking water assessment test kit

Exposure to copper in drinking water has been linked to adverse effects on the gastrointestinal system and digestive disorders like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps (in addition, people afflicted with the rare Wilson’s disease cannot excrete excess copper so if it accumulates to dangerous levels in these individuals undetected it could cause death).

Although the health effects of copper exposure can be serious, lead is often a bigger health concern. Children are vulnerable to lead simply because its adverse health effects occur at lower exposure levels than in adults. These negative health issues include learning disabilities, behavioral issues, hearing problems, anemia and central and peripheral nervous system damage.

If a child's blood lead level is elevated, it can be due to several sources, of which drinking water is only one. According to EPA estimates, drinking water can be attributed to over 20% of one’s total exposure to lead, but for infants consuming mostly formula, that number could be as high as 40 – 60%.

In adults, lead exposure can result in increased blood pressure, decreased kidney function and reproductive issues. In pregnant women, lead exposure can lead to reduced fetal growth and premature births. Lead can also be transmitted to children through breast milk.

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Yogi lead and copper drinking water testing (& more!)

In addition to testing for lead and copper in your drinking water, the easy DIY yogi test kit also tests your indoor air quality. Along with your water quality lab results, you will receive confidential results from an accredited lab for:

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For more info on the health effects of lead and copper in drinking water, visit the EPA lead website. website or the National Institute of Health (copper) website.