What can I do to reduce lead from my home’s drinking water?
Some home water filters remove lead, as do some of the pitcher type filters (Brita, etc.) These devices are available at local stores. Please read information concerning these devices to ensure they are suitable for lead removal.

Flush Your System: Let the water run from the tap before drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than 6 hours. The longer water resides in plumbing, the more lead it may contain. Flush the cold water faucet for about 15-30 seconds.

Use Only Cold Water for Cooking and Drinking: Hot water can dissolve more lead more quickly than cold water. If you need hot water, draw water from the cold tap and then heat it. For more information please call 512-393-8009.

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1. Is there lead in the water?
2. Is the water safe to drink?
3. What are EPA action levels?
4. Does the City have a history of lead contamination in the water?
5. What is the City doing about these readings?
6. Where does lead contamination come from?
7. How can I tell if I have lead in my home water?
8. What can I do to reduce lead from my home’s drinking water?
9. What do I do if I believe City water is affecting my health?
10. Does this have anything to do with the Total Trihalomethanes letter I received this summer?
11. Where can I find more information?