The headline in our paper today is “BEYOND FLINT High Lead Levels Found in 2000 Water Systems across the USA” published by USA Today. So, unfortunately, Flint is not the only place where there is high lead in the water.
The problem is the source such as a river or lake may be free of lead but a little acidic, the water may be lead-free when it leaves the water treatment plant, but may pick up lead as the water passes through old, corroded lead pipes as it passes through neighborhood pipes and pipes leading into your home!
The USA article today pointed out in its article today, “The way tap water becomes contaminated–at or even inside individual homes –poses a vexing problem for regulators, utilities and consumers. A home with a lead service line and older internal plumbing may have high levels of lead in its tap water. A nearby, newly constructed home may have no lead. The only way to know if your house is at risk is to find out about its water line and plumbing.”
You can also ask your local Health Department to test your water for lead levels. This should be a free test. If it shows lead in your water, ask to have your child’s blood lead level be measured either by the Health Department or your own doctor.
While your child who has ADHD probably does not drink water from contaminated sources it’s important to check that out. Lead poisoning is not a common “cause” of ADHD but it is extremely important for those children who have high lead levels.
Here are some websites you may find helpful:
USA Today’s story: LEAD.USATODAY.COM where you can find out all kinds of information about lead and even which counties in your state have reported high lead levels. Ask your school to measure lead levels in the drinking water if they haven’t already.
For information about water filters go to Consumer Reports: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/water-filters/buying-guide.htm .
You’ll find more information about lead and other toxic metals and much more in my new book, Solving the Puzzle of Your ADD/ADHD Child: Natural Solutions for Hard-to-Raise Children.