Exactly what is lead?

Lead is a mineral which is found in the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. It can be a serious health risk when too much of it enters the body.

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1. Exactly what is lead?
2. How does lead get into a home's water supply?
3. How can I tell what kind of pipes my home has?
4. How does lead affect people?
5. How is lead in our drinking water regulated?
6. How can I tell if my water has lead in it?
7. How can lead exposure be reduced?