What are the health risks if lead is in my tap water?

Too much lead in your body can cause serious health risks. The greatest risk is to young kids (especially under the age of six) and pregnant and/or breastfeeding women. Ingesting lead can slow a child’s mental and physical development, creating new learning and behavior problems. In adults, lead can cause health problems, such as increased risks of heart disease, high blood pressure, kidney, or nervous system problems. The Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies focus on reducing lead exposure due to these risks. 

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1. Is my tap water safe to drink?
2. What are the health risks if lead is in my tap water?
3. What should I do if I live in an older house that may have lead pipes?
4. What is the Lead and Copper Rule? What are the changes under the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR)?
5. Where is Durham Water in the process of the new requirements?
6. What comes next?
7. How will Durham Water tell me about inventory results?
8. Who will pay for replacing private lines?
9. Where do irrigation and fire lines fit into the rule revisions?
10. How can I keep up with the project?
11. What is Durham doing to eliminate/reduce exposure to lead in our drinking water?
12. What can I do to minimize the risk to me and my family?
13. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?
14. What if I need more information or want my water tested?
15. Who may I contact at the City if I still have questions about lead?