You wake up, turn on the tap, and fill up a glass with cold, clean water..or, so you think. Unfortunately, there are many contaminants present in tap water that most people aren’t aware of. For example, chlorine is a popular municipal disinfectant that can be found in tap water. Likewise, many municipal water sources are actually contaminated with lead. This is primarily a result of old pipes that are used to distribute the water to your home. Unfortunately, the lead leaching from the pipes can have devastating impacts on your health, and on the health of children. Below, Santevia has outlined the negative impacts lead can have on your body.
Harms of Drinking Lead
1. Effects on the brain
Repeated exposure to lead from drinking water can have significant impacts on adult health. Although the impacts will be lower than in children, adults can experience neurological consequences, such as behavioural changes and problems with cognition. Changes in behaviour, although subtle, can often include an increased tendency to be aggressive. Problems with cognition mean that it can be increasingly hard to think and remember. Although these symptoms may only occur in high exposures, adults should be aware of the subtle impacts that lead can have on their health.
2. Effects on children
Exposure to lead in children will have much more significant impacts than on their older counterparts. Although low exposure to lead in drinking water will only have subtle health outcomes, parents should be aware of the possible health outcomes of increased exposure. Sometimes exposure to lead can lead to ADHD, developmental impacts, and hypertension. The most devastating part is that symptoms often don’t become apparent until much later, meaning that children may be late into school before they experience any symptoms of early exposure to lead in drinking water.
3. Renal effects
Furthermore, adults and children alike can experience the negative effects of lead through renal problems. Renal disease relates to kidney function, and decreased kidney function impairs the body’s ability to clean toxins - ultimately leading to decreased overall health. The latent effects of childhood exposure to lead can lead to renal disease in the future, meaning that parents should be aware of the children’s early exposure to lead to prevent adverse health effects in the future.
To reduce the possibility of exposure to lead in drinking water, invest in a water filter that can significantly reduce lead content. Whether you’re looking for a large, countertop filter for your whole family, like the Gravity Water System, or a small pitcher for yourself, like the MINA Slim - Santevia can help reduce your exposure to lead.