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Get the Lead Out!

Lead is a toxin that accumulates and remains in tissue permanently. Its effect is in relation to body weight; therefore, an exposed adult can fend off the toxic effects for some time, whereas young children may experience brain and developmental damage quickly and permanently.

Lead piping and solder in the distribution system are the main sources of lead pollution. The Boston Globe estimates that 98% of all households have lead in their plumbing. Houses older than 20 years and less than five years are most at risk. Also, houses in areas of soft water tend to corrode the lead from the pipes more readily.
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