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Did You Know Everyday You and Your Family are at Risk of Lead Poisoning?

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Did You Know Everyday You and Your Family are at Risk of Lead Poisoning?
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Did you know everyday we handle things with Lead content such as children’s lunch boxes, wallets, handbags and even jewellery?

Even if manufacturers claim low Lead level in their products, the truth is, lead is toxic. At any level, the human body cannot tolerate Lead and prolonged exposures may cause illnesses especially in pregnant women and children.

Lead, also known as Pb in the table of elements, is one of the most abundant heavy metals on earth.


According to the United States EPA, Lead exposure happens through ingestion or inhalation.

  • Inhalation of Lead occurs through air containing particles of soil and dust
  • Ingestion of Lead occurs through contaminated water. This leads to a presumption that Lead may be present in your drinking water and you may not even know it.

How Can Lead Get Into My Drinking Water?

In Australia, water is collected and stored in dams that passes through a rigid filtration and disinfection system. Purified water is distributed in different households through pipes under the streets- this is where contamination happens. According to the Australian Department of Health, Lead occurs naturally in water because of household plumbing systems. However, long term exposure may lead to illnesses.

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Effects of Lead Exposure

The Australian Drinking Water Guidelines issued limits on the amount of Lead that should be present in your drinking water. Having worked together with National Health and Medical Research Council, Lead in your drinking water can only reach as high as 10 micrograms per litre.

This limit minimizes health risks among pregnant women, children and infants.

However, studies suggest that long-term exposure, even in low levels, may cause poor school performance in children as this affects behavioural and cognitive stages of development.

Symptoms of Lead poisoning in both children and adults are,

  • Headache,
  • Abdominal pain
  • Weakness
  • Tingling of extremities

How To Ensure Lead Levels in My Drinking Water is safe?

Even with guidelines set for limiting Lead in drinking water, we still have no control over it.

To ensure that safe and healthy drinking water comes out of your tap, water filters will help a lot. The filtration technology eliminates harmful chemicals that may be present in your drinking water. While you cannot control water coming out of your tap, you can change how it will serve your family.

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5 Comments

  • Derek Sharpie says:

    thanks for the wonderful post.
    full of information. I am now fully aware that lead might be present in our water and can harmed us if i am not very careful regarding this.

    • Your welcome Derek. It’s definitely a potential risk that might not be noticeable immediately but its always safer to use a water filter so you don’t have that risk at all

  • Hannah Tess says:

    i have reverse osmosis water system at home, are we safe now from those toxins?

  • Josephine Bernie says:

    Water is essential for health, hygiene and the productivity of our community. Water treatment process may vary on the water condition that you have in your area. Its better to invest on a good water treatment. It will benefit you by providing safety to you and your family.

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