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Wondering how lead gets into your
drinking water?
Lead can slip into your water in many ways...

#1: Environment.
Lead is natural in the environment, but man has increased the
toxicity in a variety of ways, including leaded gasoline.

#2: Older homes.
Sometimes lead gets into your drinking water from old pipes.
The old pipes leach lead, particularly with low pH water. Lead is
also present in old paint.
  • house paint (before 1978)
  • plumbling fixtures (1986)

#3: Private wells and cisterns.
You'll find a lead problem mostly in older homes, but even in a
private well or cistern you may find lead in your water.  

#4: Travelling.
Tap water and ice cubes are usually the culprits when traveling,
but even bottled water can be questionable. The World Health
Organization (WHO) attributes 80 percent of all travel diseases
to contaminated drinking water. Drinking water contains three
groups of pathogenic microorganisms:
  • viruses, such as hepatitis A, Norwalk virus, or poliovirus;
  • bacteria, like e-coli, salmonella, and cholera; and
  • protozoans, such as giardia and cryptosporidium.

#5: Bottled water.
Did you know that the U.S. Food Drug Administration (FDA) has
set the limit for lead in bottled water at 5 parts per billion? Yes,
it's in your water even if you drink only bottled.

Happy endings...
Lead free water can be yours with special filters and knowledge.

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Lead-free water
How to remove lead from your drinking water

Learn how to remove lead from your drinking water.
Very few people in Flint, Michigan had a lead filtration system
in place before the discovery of their tainted water. The lucky
few were prepared. Are you?

The lead-tainted water of Flint, Michigan was not an isolated
problem. Lead pipes in old houses and buildings are a problem
anywhere. It's just that in Michigan, things got worse when a
new and highly corrosive water source wasn't treated properly,
then flowed through those old lead pipes. Without special
treatment the water ate through the lead and carried high
levels of toxicity to the population. Levels of lead were high
enough to be deemed unsafe to even bathe a baby.

Lead poisoning affects children in particular, so if you're a
prepper who has children or grand children, or you are
expecting, now more than ever you need a plan to remove lead
from your family's tap water.  

Want to know how to get rid of lead in your tap water?
One of the easiest fixes to cleaning up your water is to get a
Big Berkey water filter, which is equipped with filters for
removing a variety of toxins from your water.

Big Berkey water filtration system removes pathogenic
bacteria, cysts and parasites entirely and extracts harmful
chemicals such as herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, organic
solvents, radon 222 and trihalomethanes. It also reduces
nitrates, nitrites and unhealthy minerals such as mercury and
lead. Best of all, this system is so powerful it can remove food
coloring from water without removing the beneficial minerals
your body needs.

Rarely is lead a problem in natural water sources; however it
does ocassionally happen and if it does, a Berkey water
filtration system can protect against lead poisoning.

How to get lead-free drinking water
Ensure your family drinks clean water with these tips for getting
out the lead and other deadly toxins. Here's how to keep your
family's drinking water as pure as possible from the tap:

#1: Never use the warm water from your tap as a way to
get your water boiling faster.
It turns out that warm water from the tap has the highest
levels of lead! You see, the hot water removes the toxic
materials from old pipes and brings it along for the ride into
your pot, more so than the cold water does.

Let your faucet run!
If you haven't used it for six hours or more, then let your faucet
run a few minutes before drinking the water or using it in

Install a lead filter on the tap and shower.
Look for an NSF-certified filter, which removes lead. The Berkey
shower filter, left filters 99.9% of lead as well as chlorine,
algae, dirt, fluoride, chloramine, bacteria, arsenic, chromium,
zinc, copper, selenium, mercury and heavy metals and many
more chemicals.

#4: Filter your water.
Use a big Berkey water filter, daily to ensure pure drinking
water. Install an NSF-compliant refrigerator water filter.

#5: Test your water. Choose watersafe or First Alert drinking
water test kit. Get a clean drinking water kit, right.

#6: Know the symptoms of lead poisoning!
Lead in your water can cause devastating health problems. It
may start with a rash, or hair loss, and more serious maladies
may result, including:

  • damage to nervous system and brain, which may result in
    learning disabilities, attention deficits, and behavioral

  • presentation of other neurological problems, including slow
    physical and mental development, difficulty concentrating
    and memory loss

  • poor hearing,  impaired vision and motor coordination

  • disruption of reproductive system, decreasing fertility in
    both sexes, and increasing birth defects and stillbirths

  • headaches, digestive issues, painful muscles and joints

  • high blood pressure, anemia and kidney problems.

  • convulsions, coma and death are also possible!

Lead also interferes with the metabolism of calcium and
Vitamin D -- two important nutrients your child needs.

What happened in Flint, could happen in your
Even though Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in
1974, and the law requires the EPA to determine safe levels of
chemicals in drinking water, lead and other contaminates
continue to slip into the water supply whether its through
oversight, negligence, accident or bioterrorism. Here are just a
few examples:

  • Misleading, inaccurate or false reports filed by officials.
    Residents of rural Sebring, Ohio learned of the high levels
    of lead detected in a survey of 20 homes months after the
    fact. The Plant manager denies falsifying reports; however
    the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency is fingering the

What's worse is that most practicing physicians in the United
States receive little, if any, training of waterborne diseases
from natural causes or intentional ones! It means they're not
adequately trained to respond appropriately.

So how did Flint Michigan get so much lead in the water?
A class-action lawsuit claims that the state Department of
Environmental Quality wasn't treating water with an anti-
corrosive agent, so the water was turning brown with iron.
Unfortunately, because the water wasn't treated properly with
an anti-corrosive agent, the old pipes from nearly half the of
residents began to leach lead into the supply. People put up
with the bad tasting water problem for nearly two years. It
wasn't until researchers from Virginia Tech tested the water and
found the people were paying for poisoned waters!

The unthinkable, the undrinkable water in Flint, Michigan
While under state emergency management, Flint switched from
Detroit's water system and began drawing from the Flint River
to save money. In the process, the water wasn't properly
treated for corrosion. The water should have been treated with
orthophosphate, a chemical that coats pipes as water flows
without degrading the lead to leach in the water.

Here's the story of how untreated and corrosive water supply
travelling in the plumbing of old houses and buildings leached
lead poisoning from the pipes in Flint, Michigan...