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Lead in Drinking Water

A Resource for Health Professionals

This fact sheet was developed to help health care professionals respond to concerns about potential exposures to lead in drinking water across the United States. Health professionals are encouraged to follow the guidance below to help navigate discussions with patients and families.

PEHSU Fact Sheet on Lead and Drinking Water: Information for Health Professionals Across the United States (2016)

 Key messages to share with families posted on Aug 1, 2019
 Background posted on Aug 1, 2019
 At-Risk Populations posted on Aug 1, 2019
 What factors affect how much lead gets into drinking water? posted on Aug 1, 2019
 How do I counsel a family about identifying if lead is in their drinking water? posted on Aug 1, 2019
 How do I counsel a family if they have well water? posted on Aug 1, 2019
 How do I counsel a family about lead in drinking water in schools or childcare facilities? posted on Aug 1, 2019
 What can a family do to decrease lead in their drinking water? posted on Aug 1, 2019
 Addressing Health Impacts of Lead Exposure posted on Aug 1, 2019
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Additional Resources for Health Professionals

CDC/ATSDR

EPA

  • Lead
    A list of resources from EPA on all lead topics.

American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Lead Exposure
    A list of resources from the AAP to assist with the prevention, identification, and treatment of lead exposure in children.

Regional PEHSU Websites


This webpage was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR or EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR or EPA.

Last updated: 2018