Here’s a clearly illustrated explanation (by VOX) of how lead can get into water and what effects it has on the body.
VOX sums it up pretty well. Water doesn’t originally have much lead in it, but untreated water can damage lead pipes. The toxic substance then leaches into the drinking water and picks up toxins along the way. Interestingly, it’s the old lead paint flaking off of the pipes that cause the major risk of lead poisoning.
“An estimated 10 million Americans get drinking water from pipes that are at least partially lead.” Check out these graphics by VOX, which explain how lead can get into drinking water — and why any exposure can be detrimental to the body’s health.
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