Why is Lead a Public Health Risk?

Prolonged lead exposure can lead to health problems. Pregnant women, young children and elderly adults are most impacted. In pregnant women, lead can be passed to the fetus through the placental membrane leading to premature deliveries and reduced growth. In young children, low levels of lead exposure have been related to damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter height, impaired hearing, and impaired blood cell formation and function. For adults, high levels of lead exposure can cause damage to the kidneys, brain, and nervous system. 

According to the US EPA, there is no safe level of lead that can be consumed or ingested.

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1. What is a water service line?
2. Who owns the water service line on my property?
3. What type of materials are service lines made of?
4. What other sources of lead are there in my home?
5. How do I find where the water service line is on my property?
6. How does lead get into the drinking water?
7. Why is Lead a Public Health Risk?
8. What is the Revised Lead and Copper Rule?
9. What is the City of Norfolk doing about lead service lines?
10. How do I know if I have a lead or galvanized steel service line that needs to be replaced?
11. What should I do if I am concerned about lead in my drinking water?
12. How do I report my water service line material to the City of Norfolk?
13. If my home’s plumbing has a lead service line or lead solder, how can I protect myself?
14. What should I do if I suspect lead poisoning?