Lead in drinking water

RE:  Lead in drinking water
Did you know?

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates lead in drinking water to protect public health.  Lead is a toxic metal that was sometimes used for many years in products found in and around homes before a prohibition on lead plumbing materials had went into effect in 1986.  Lead may cause health problems if present in drinking water in amounts greater than the standard set by the EPA. *  Testing for lead is important for those with well water.

Fortunately, Lead is not a common problem that we experience in our drinking water in west Michigan.  However, higher than acceptable levels can be present in some areas.  Ironically, neither the Kent County Health department, nor the Allegan County Health department are set up to test for lead.  Barry & Ottawa Counties do test for lead, but not unless it is specifically requested.  

For homes that have well water, FHA will require a water test if the property is located within a ½ mile of active farming.  VA & RD Loans will always require a water test for those homes that have well water.  To get more information on some private companies that test for lead in water, and to see the 5 elements that FHA, VA & RD loans require testing for in well water, Read more.

Source: * Water: Basic Information about Regulated Drinking Water Contaminants