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Reduce Drinking Water Lead Exposure

  • Work with community and water utility officials if your home has a lead service line. It's important to replace these lines in their entirety.
  • Flush the water before drinking.
    • If you have lead water fixtures, lead plumbing materials or a lead service line, flush any time the water has been motionless for four hours or more.
    • If you have a lead service line, flush your water until the line is cleared — about 30 seconds to three minutes.
    • If you have lead fixtures but no lead service line, flush the tap for approximately 30 seconds to three minutes.
  • Clean faucet aerators regularly.
  • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
  • Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily in hot water.
  • Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water can increase the concentration.
  • Consider a water filter.