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Lead: The facts

What are the facts about lead in water>

Lead was commonly used in water pipes until the 1970s.

◊ Water does not contain lead, but a problem arises when it sits in pipes and absorbs it.

◊ There is no 'safe' level of exposure to lead. It can affect children's development, the kidneys and has been linked to cancer.

◊ If your home's plumbing is a dark grey and if a silver mark is left when scratched with a knife, it could be made from lead.

◊ If you find lead pipes, you should have your drinking water tested and contact Irish Water for advice.