Lead Contaminant

Lead in tap water has been a national concern since its toxicity was discovered in the 1970’s, and traces of this poisonous element have been resurfacing primarily as a result of outdated pipes containing lead. Though its use for water plumbing production was ultimately banned in 1986, many old water service lines still contain lead, posing serious risk. An estimated 1,000 children in New Hampshire contract lead poisoning each year due to previous uses of lead. While public water typically gets tested frequently for harmful contaminants, New Hampshire water suppliers cannot control factors such as old, insufficient piping that can compromise the water’s sanitation.

Health effects of lead in water.

Lead in tap water is most commonly a result of the element “leaching” into stagnant water in a leaded pipe, or from the corrosion of old plumbing fixtures. There are a number of health risks linked to lead exposure, especially in children under the age of 6.

Lead exposure in children are most at risk for:

  • Slowed body growth
  • Brain damage
  • Behavior difficulties
  • Kidney issues

Lead exposure in adults are most at risk for:

  • Cancer
  • Fertility issues
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure

Lead Contaminant

Fig 1. From left to right, a lead pipe, a corroded steel pipe, and a lead pipe treated with protective orthophosphate. Orthophosphate bonds to lead in pipes and acts as a barrier against further corrosion.

Source: National Resources Defense Council | Our Drinking-Water Crisis Goes Far Beyond Flint

Exposure to lead can be detrimental to the health of any person of any age. Remedial measures are critical for water that tests positive for lead.


Fortunately, the NH Tap MainFrame Whole House Water Filtration System will protect your home from toxic pollutants such as lead, and will remove 97.98% of other harsh contaminants that poison public water. Using a multi-step process, the NH Tap Mainframe directly removes impurities from water before it enters the home. Intensive and affordable, the NH Tap MainFrame is 60% more effective than standard filtration units and the most economical water purification system. Our system has been designed with you in mind, because we believe in purified water for every home.

Why NH Tap?

Our commitment is to provide safe, healthy drinking water for all of New Hampshire. Our team provides extensive evaluations to detect contaminants such as lead, and will follow up with a custom treatment plan to ensure unpolluted, purified water. Call now to speak to an expert about testing your water today.

What’s Next?

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