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PEHSU Factsheet on Lead and Drinking Water: Information for Health Professionals Across the United States (2016) > Key messages to share with families

Key messages to share with families

posted on Aug 1, 2019
  • The primary source of childhood lead exposure in the US is from lead in dust and soil from deteriorated paint in pre-1978 housing.
  • Drinking water in the US is typically not the major source of exposure to lead.
  • Given the known health hazards related to lead, lead in water is regulated. If you have concerns about lead in drinking water, contact your local health department.
  • Flush water pipes for up to 2 minutes before drinking or drawing water, this is especially important when preparing baby formula.