How do I know whether my drinking water contains lead?

Because it is colorless and tasteless, lead is not readily apparent in water. In fact, the only way to know for certain whether your drinking water contains lead is to have your water tested by a certified laboratory. In Chesterfield you can contact the utilities department’s quality assurance coordinator at 804-748-1310 option 2 for information and to discuss potential water testing (including lead).

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1. What is lead?
2. What is its history in water plumbing?
3. Do the mains and service lines in Chesterfield County contain lead?
4. Why is lead a health risk?
5. How do I know whether my drinking water contains lead?
6. How does lead get into drinking water?
7. How much lead in water is too much?
8. What can I do to reduce or eliminate lead from my drinking water?
9. Are there special steps I should take to protect my developing baby, infant or young children?
10. Is it safe to shower in water that contains lead?
11. What does Chesterfield County Utilities do to protect my household from lead?
12. I’m in a new house, am I at risk?
13. Do all home filters and other water treatment devices remove lead?
14. Can my pets drink water with lead?
15. Is water the only source of lead in homes and businesses?