Water analysis for lead and copper - lead in drinking water - the dangers lurking in water
Lead in drinking water is a problem which must be taken seriously. In many areas, home plumbing systems still contain lead pipes, though they have long since been banned in newer buildings. If tap water flows through these lead pipes, the risk of contamination is high. If lead in tap water is consumed over a longer period of time, it can lead to significant health problems. Babies and toddlers are particularly at risk, pregnant women too. The toxic substance can have adverse effects on intellectual development as well as damage or impair organ and bone development.
In 2013, the maximum concentration of lead in drinking water was therefore reduced to 0.01 milligrams per litre. The drinking water quality standards stipulate that drinking water provided by landlords has to be perfectly safe. However, this is not always the case, even if the drinking water supplied by water companies is of very high quality. This is because lead contamination generally occurs in internal water systems at home.
Copper in water - a frequent cause of health problems
Likewise, copper in drinking water is a problem which is often underestimated. Copper allergies are not uncommon, and a link to the home tap water supply is often identified far too late or not at all. The Water Supply Regulations also prescribe maximum levels for copper in tap water, which are fully complied with by water companies. Nevertheless, copper can get into water through copper pipes and fittings, if these are present in the house. If copper is ingested via drinking water on a long term basis, there may be major health repercussions.
Detect sources of danger - water testing for lead and copper
Babies and infants who are in the early stages of development are at particularly at risk when lead and copper are present in tap water. However, both substances are harmful for adults too.
Test lead content in water - use our rapid water test for lead and copper
Lead absorption is a fundamental health concern. Due to the gradual nature of the process (constant and in low quantities), it remains unnoticed, however lead leaves traces in the human body which are stored in the bones. Young women, pregnant women or small children need the most protection because lead can affect development. In adults too, even the lowest quantities of lead can give rise to a range of health problems. A common culprit is lead piping in the home. Landlords are obligated to replace lead pipes, which have been banned since the 1970s.
Diseases have emerged that can be traced back to copper in drinking water. Therefore, water which is contaminated with copper should not be consumed by adults, infants or children. The long-term ingestion of copper through drinking water can result in considerable health problems and a risk of copper poisoning. Beware of the use of copper pipes in your house.
Your drinking water should be tested for lead and copper so that contamination can be ruled out or identified. If the maximum levels for copper or lead are exceeded, there is an urgent need for action on the part of the house of flat owner.
A lead and copper analysis tests your tap water specifically for both these substances and helps you to quickly identify contamination. The Copper & Lead Test can be done in just a few steps, and you'll receive the results in no time.
With our Copper & Lead Test Kit, you can test your tap water - it's fast and inexpensive.
Not only do you find out if your drinking water is contaminated with lead and copper, but you find out to what extent.
We recommend this water analysis if you suspect contamination.
Attention: To rule out the presence of bacteria and other heavy metals in your tap water, we recommend our Combined Test. You can find more information here. Please note that this test does not provide information on harmful legionella pathogens. You can order the Legionella Test here.
Don't know which test is right for you? You can find a comparison of our water analysis kits here.