The Contribution of Lead in Water to Childhood Lead Poisoning


With the recent news about drinking water problems and lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan, the media is full of panic and blame but quite silent on science and medicine.

A recent study published in the March 2016 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives sheds light on the potential contribution of lead in drinking water to the blood lead levels of children who drink that water. Titled Use of a Cumulative Exposure Index to Estimate the Impact of Tap Water Lead Concentration on Blood Lead Levels in 1- to 5-Year-Old Children (Montréal, Canada), the study concludes that "...water lead concentration well below the current drinking-water guidelines in Canada and United States could have an impact on blood lead levels of young children after long-term exposure." Lead paint has traditionally been blamed for the vast majority of childhood lead poisoning, but the contributions from other sources, including water, soil, dust and even food should be considered.

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