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Tips to Reduce Your Exposure to Lead

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When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking.
Never boil water to remove lead or copper. Boiling water for an extended time may make the lead or copper more concentrated.
Never use hot water from the faucet for drinking or cooking especially when making baby formula.
Clean your faucet's aerator (screen) on a routine basis. Excess sediment, debris, or lead particles can get captured in your aerator. If lead particles are caught in the aerator, lead can get into your water.
If you install a home filtration system make sure you are using a certified filter to remove lead. Also, remember to keep track of when to replace the filter.
The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead pipes, faucets, and fixtures. EPA's quick check for lead guide walks you through step by step to determine what kind of material your service line is made out of.
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