Is there a safe level of lead in drinking water for children?
Environmental Protection Agency has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead at zero because lead is a toxic metal that can be harmful to human health even at low exposure levels. Lead is persistent, and it can bio-accumulate in the body over time. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends intervention when the level of lead in a child’s blood is 10 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) or greater. It is important to recognize all the ways a child can be exposed to lead. Children are exposed to lead in paint, dust, soil, air, and food, as well as drinking water. Therefore, the amount of lead a child can be exposed to in drinking water before exceeding the recommended blood level depends upon the amount of lead coming from these other sources. Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. In children, low levels of exposure have been linked to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells. For additional information about lead in drinking water visit the Environmental Protection Agency.

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1. What is a CCR?
2. Are all public water systems required to provide CCRs to their customers?
3. How do renters get water quality information about their drinking water?
4. How do people served by non-community water systems get water quality information about their drinking water?
5. Why does the current CCR contain results from previous calendar years?
6. Why do I get a CCR?
7. Does the annual water quality report indicate there is something wrong with the water, or that it’s unsafe?
8. What do all of these abbreviations mean?
9. Why did my CCR contain information on cryptosporidium?
10. Does my public water system treat the water for cryptosporidium?
11. Should I be concerned about cryptosporidium in my drinking water?
12. What can I do if I am more sensitive to contaminants or more at risk to infections than the general population?
13. Is there a safe level of lead in drinking water for children?
14. Why is the Safe Drinking Water Hotline’s 800 number listed in the report if the Hotline cannot provide local water quality information?