Lead enters the water supply primarily from pipes, lead solder and plumbing fixtures within the home, apartment complex or commercial facility. The incoming water supply can be lead-free but becomes contaminated inside the home. National Institutes of Health (NIH) research shows that adults absorb 35 to 50% of lead through drinking water. Children are more vulnerable, absorbing greater than 50% through drinking water. No amount of lead in drinking water is acceptable.
Below you will find the Health Metric Lead Test instructions, results gallery and the FAQ.
Generally, it is recommended to test your water at least once a year. Depending on your circumstance, you may need to test more frequently.
Flush your pipes before drinking – the more time water has been sitting in the pipes the more lead it may contain. Only use cold water for drinking or cooking, especially for making baby formula. Hot water is likely to contain higher levels of lead. In the long term, look to replace any lead pipes.
The lead test kit is a Yes/No test. If the level of lead in the water sample is above the EPA limit of 15 parts per billion, it will indicate a positive lead test result.
The maximum contaminant level in public water supplies is 15 parts per billion (ppb)
Lead has no taste, color or odor. The only way to know if there is lead coming from your faucet or from the service line is to test with a lead test kit.
Yes. The lead test can be used to screen for lead in water fountains, sinks, etc.
No. A special lead paint test kit is required for that.
The EPA set a threshold level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for municipal water treatment companies. If 10% of the water samples contain over 15 ppb, the treatment company has to take action to remove the lead. No lead is considered safe to consume. The problem is lead can enter the water system at your home through pipes, solder and fixtures. There are no regulations for controlling lead on your private property.
The Health Metric Lead Test Kit is made in the US. The strips are really manufactured in the US, not just repackaged.