LEAD is an EPA-based method designed to easily allow you to screen
your water for dangerous levels of lead.
Treating for lead contamination is
critical since lead poisoning can present serious health risks such as
gastrointestinal disorders, paralysis, brain and spinal cord damage
especially in children. For pregnant women, lead contamination can result in
Most municipal plants do test for
lead, but lead contamination is most likely to come from the distribution
network or even our home's plumbing system. Older homes often have lead in
the pipes, newer homes often have lead in the soldered pipe fittings. The
United States Environmental Protection Agency estimates more than 40,000
citizens use water that contains harmful levels of lead.
Initial testing should be done
every 6 months, then every two years. It is critical to check the primary
faucet used for drinking and cooking water, usually the kitchen tap. It's
best to check every faucet: each PurTest® kit provides material for 2 tests.
PurTest® Lead instantly detects
harmful lead levels above EPA standards 15 ppb (parts per billion).
This kit is also available as part of the
Home Water Analysis Test Kit