How much lead in water is too much?

Lead can be harmful even at very low levels and can accumulate in our bodies over time, so wherever possible steps should be taken to reduce or eliminate your household’s exposure. While risks vary based on individual circumstances and the amount of water consumed, no concentration of lead is considered “safe.” Households with pregnant women, infants, or young children are most vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead at low levels.

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1. What is lead?
2. What is its history in water plumbing?
3. Do the mains and service lines in Chesterfield County contain lead?
4. Why is lead a health risk?
5. How do I know whether my drinking water contains lead?
6. How does lead get into drinking water?
7. How much lead in water is too much?
8. What can I do to reduce or eliminate lead from my drinking water?
9. Are there special steps I should take to protect my developing baby, infant or young children?
10. Is it safe to shower in water that contains lead?
11. What does Chesterfield County Utilities do to protect my household from lead?
12. I’m in a new house, am I at risk?
13. Do all home filters and other water treatment devices remove lead?
14. Can my pets drink water with lead?
15. Is water the only source of lead in homes and businesses?