Homes built between 1970 and 1985 may have lead in their pipes, which can add lead in your water. It’s a major health risk for children and pregnant women.
The Water Bureau also has simple tips to avoid lead exposure from household plumbing.
- Avoid using water that has been standing in household pipes. Let faucets run for at least 30 seconds to allow fresh water to come through.
- Use a filter that removes lead.
- Buy low-lead fixtures.
Check out Multnomah County Health Department’s LeadLine website for more information, and to order a lead-in-water test kit.