New water testing procedures for utility companies were submitted by the Environmental Protection Agency last week. Almost three decades have passed since the Environmental Protection Agency has updated the requirements. Furthermore, a controversial piece of the new proposal swirls around the removal of old lead water pipes in the ground. Instead, testing frequency will be increased to identify lines that are releasing lead and need to be replaced. You can read more about the new rule by reading the article “For the first time in decades, EPA is overhauling how communities must test for lead in water”

Updating the testing rule is a step in the right direction. Without having more time to research the science, it is difficult for us to say the plan that has been proposed is inadequate. However, recent studies suggest that any amount of lead can cause serious adverse effects in the Human body. Furthermore, lead poisoning has symptoms very similar to symptoms of many other ailments. This can make a diagnosis of lead poisoning tough for medical professionals.

What should you do to protect your family? Test your drinking water once every 30 days. Furthermore, if you find lead in your water contact your utility company immediately. In addition, contact your physician to setup testing for lead for you and your family.

Lead poisoning can be devastating to a family. Play it safe and implement a water testing program today.

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By: Scott Teepe Jr.