What is Lead?

Category: Water Service Information

Lead is a toxic metal that is widespread in the environment and can be absorbed from a variety of sources (paint, food, soil, air, and water). If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. The degree of harm is directly related to the level of lead in the blood.  Excessive levels of lead can damage the brain, kidneys, nervous system, red blood cells and reproductive system.