Easy steps to reduce possible exposure to
lead from household plumbing
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Portland’s water sources and the water mains in our system are not a significant source of lead in drinking water. The most common source of lead in drinking water is a customer’s plumbing – the pipes that connect water mains to our homes and deliver drinking water to faucets and taps.
There are several things you can do to protect your family from lead:
- Get your water tested for FREE! Order a free testing kit at www.leadline.org or call 503-988-4000.
- Get your children tested for FREE! Talk to your medical provider or find a free screening clinic near you at www.leadline.org or call 503-988-4000.
- Use only cold, fresh water for drinking, cooking, or mixing baby formula. Run your faucet for 30 seconds to 2 minutes (until it feels cooler) if the water has not been used for several hours.
- Learn about other easy tips to reduce your exposure to lead in water.
- Live in a home built before 1950? Lead paint and dust in homes built before 1950 is the most common source of lead exposure in Portland. Learn more about lead paint and dust at www.leadline.org or call 503-988-4000.
Get more information about how you can reduce lead exposure by visiting https://portlandoregon.gov/water/lead.