How can I reduce the amount of lead in my drinking water?
EPA recommends that anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, you should flush your cold-water pipes by running the water until it becomes as cold as it will get. (This could take as little as five to thirty seconds if there has been recent heavy water use such as showering or toilet flushing. Otherwise, it could take two minutes or longer.) EPA also recommends using only water from the cold-water tap for drinking, cooking, and especially for making baby formula (Actions You Can Take to Reduce Lead in Drinking Water, EPA810-F-93-001, June 1993). Additional information about actions you can take to reduce lead in drinking water is available at http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/lead/index.cfm.
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