Stop obsolete lead pipes from poisoning UK home drinking water

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Lasthurdle Sat 15-Aug-20 19:25:26

“The use of lead water pipes was banned in the 1970s because of health risks, however properties built before then may still contain lead pipework.“

ukdnwaterflow.co.uk/lead-water-pipes/

As Wessexwater says: “ lead is a well established toxic substance, it is sensible to consume as little lead as possible”

“.....particularly if you are pregnant or in the case of young children and bottle fed babies because the young are the most at risk.”

The WHO:

“Drinking water delivered through lead pipes or pipes joined with lead solder may contain lead“

“Young children are particularly vulnerable to the toxic effects of lead and can suffer profound and permanent adverse health effects, particularly affecting the development of the brain and nervous system. Lead also causes long-term harm in adults, including increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Exposure of pregnant women to high levels of lead can cause miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth and low birth weight.“

“In particular lead can affect children’s brain development resulting in reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioural changes such as reduced attention span and increased antisocial behavior, and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anaemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.”

Yet lead pipes still maybe in your home drinking water pipe work, especially if your home is older than 50 years old, as stated below:

“However, there may be lead pipework from the water main into and within your home, particularly if it was built before 1970. Other pipes such as galvanised iron can also release lead into the water.“

It is still not a legal requirement for plumbers to replace lead work in homes! This needs new legislation to prevent more lead levels. Lead is not safe at any level!

“It has never been a legal requirement to replace lead pipes in homes built then.”

What can we do about this massive problem?:

Please sign this petition to make it a illegal not to replace lead pipes in the UK.

This affects an estimated 200,000 children.

www.change.org/p/uk-parliament-make-it-mandatory-to-replace-lead-pipes-once-discovered

References

www.who.int/en/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/lead-poisoning-and-health

www.wessexwater.co.uk/help-and-advice/your-water/water-quality/lead

www.stwater.co.uk/my-supply/tap-water/my-water-pipes/lead-replacement-scheme/

www.unicef.org.uk/press-releases/a-third-of-the-worlds-children-poisoned-by-lead-new-groundbreaking-analysis-says/

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