If a customer's water shows elevated levels of lead, or if they are concerned about the potential of lead in their water, Aqua has tips to minimize exposure:
- Run your tap to flush out lead. If your water hasn't been used for several hours, run water for at least 30 seconds or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking.
- Use cold water to cook and prepare baby formula. Don't boil water to reduce lead. Lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Boiling water won't reduce lead.
- If you buy a water filter, make sure it's approved to reduce lead. You can contact NSF International at 800.NSF.8010 or NSF.org to learn more about approved water filters.
- Be aware that brass faucets, fittings and valves - even those advertised as lead free - might contribute lead to drinking water. The law allows end-use fixtures, such as faucets, with wetted surfaces containing a maximum weighted average of 0.25 percent lead to be labeled as lead free.
- If you are concerned about exposure, contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get tested for lead.