What’s Really in the Water? Could It Be Lead or Copper?

(DGIwire) – When pipes made of lead or copper start to corrode, these heavy metals can leach into drinking water, including tap water inside private homes. To address this issue, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991, which limits the concentration of lead and copper allowed in public drinking water at the consumer’s tap, and limits the permissible amount of pipe corrosion occurring due to the water itself.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high levels of lead in tap water can cause health effects if the water enters the bloodstream and results in elevated levels of lead; these effects can range from suppression of the immune system to increased blood pressure to complications in pregnancy. The CDC also suggests lead can act as a human carcinogen. Meanwhile, the National Institutes of Heath reports that exposure to copper can elevate the risk of acute gastrointestinal disturbances.

“The presence of lead or copper in tap water can lead to health problems and therefore should be addressed,” says Greg Sancoff, founder of Live Pure, a designer and manufacturer of products that help consumers assess the quality, health and safety of their indoor environments. “The emergence of DIY tests for these and other potentially harmful substances in the home offers a cost-efficient and time-efficient tool to measure them.”

Live Pure has created yogí™, a brand new, do-it-yourself, all-in-one air and water test kit. In just a few easy steps, homeowners can test for the presence of nine environmental contaminants and toxins across a 2,000-square-foot area in their homes—including the levels of lead and copper in the drinking water, as well as mold, allergens, lead, asbestos, radon, VOCs and formaldehyde in the air. For larger homes, or to test specific rooms, extra test components can be purchased separately.

The test is extremely simple to use and comes with an easy-to-operate instrument, color-coded sampling system and step-by-step instruction manual. Homeowners collect their samples in just minutes (radon testing takes 48 hours), then send the samples to an independent, certified laboratory, which then emails a full lab report and results summary back to the homeowner within 10 business days. The service includes a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Live Pure’s certified industrial hygienists should the homeowner receive a report with high contaminant levels. This unbiased consult equips the homeowner with the key information needed to address these challenges.

The yogí air and water test kit was showcased to clinicians attending the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s Annual Scientific Meeting in Boston in October 2017.

“Turning on the tap water at home should not inspire any worry and new testing technology can ensure people know what they are drinking,” Sancoff adds.

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