Recent research has found lead contamination affects a significant percentage of tap water¹. This is worrying especially for children and pregnant women who are more sensitive to high lead levels. Read on to learn about the study, the effects of lead poisoning, and what you can do to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Lead Contamination In Your Tap Water
A study by Macquarie University found that over half of water samples from households in New South Wales contained lead. Of those, nearly ten per cent exceeded the maximum set by Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. Although the study didn’t test water outside of NSW, it’s quite likely that other areas of Australia suffer from similar (or worse) contamination.
Professor Mark Taylor who co-authored the study argues it’s caused by the corrosive pipes not the water supply. Brass fittings often contain lead, which can seep into water as it sits in the pipes waiting to be released. I don’t know about you but regardless of how it’s caused, I certainly don’t want lead in my tap water.
The Dangerous Side Effects of Lead Toxicity
We’re well aware that lead is toxic. You’re probably familiar with lead poisoning caused by paint back in the days when we didn’t know any better. Lead is a neurotoxin and it’s especially dangerous for babies, children, and pregnant women. It accumulates in your body and the effects are magnified in small bodies. Symptoms in children include developmental problems, damage to the brain and nervous system, anaemia, seizures, hearing problems, and more. In pregnant women, lead can cause miscarriages, premature births, and foetal underdevelopment.
Although the youngest amongst us are the most vulnerable, they are not the only ones at risk. In the city of Flint, Michigan, the state decided to switch their water source to a lead-contaminated river to save cost. The results were disastrous. Adults began suffering vision problems, hair loss, stomach cramps, muscle and joint pain, and more². Long term, it can lead to Parkinson’s disease, prostate cancer, brain damage, and even death.
How to Lower Risk of Lead Poisoning
It’s a good idea to get a blood test done with your GP or naturopath to see if lead is causing any health complications.
Unfortunately, this neurotoxin accumulates in your body and as a result, there’s no real good way to treat lead poisoning. If you are affected, you can try chelation therapy, vitamin C, bentonite clay but always consult a health professional. The best cure is of course prevention. Here are some common places you can find lead:
- Paint – check if your paint is peeling or surfaces are deteriorating.
- Dirt – you or your child can be bringing in lead-laden dirt from outside.
- Renovation – fumes from renovating old homes can be a source of lead.
- Tap water.
I know your tap water may contain lead, but no drinking beer is not the solution. Getting enough water is vital to health, you just need to find a good source. Bottled water is a good option but not all waters are equal. In fact, some bottled waters are packaged filtered water so you need to do your due diligence.
Curo Alkaline Water contains less than 0.001mg of lead per litre which exceeds Australian Drinking Water Guidelines. It’s an excellent option as it’s also detoxifying due to its high alkaline mineral content. For more information, please feel free to reach out at [email protected] We’ll be happy to assist with any questions.
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