Can water contaminated with lead hurt me or my children?

Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. It may not have obvious symptoms, so people might not realize they have too much lead in their bodies. For young children, exposure to lead can cause behavior problems and learning disabilities. The only way to know if you have lead in your body is to get tested. The Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agree that there is no known safe blood lead level in children.

Residents interested in getting their children’s blood lead level tested can contact the East Chicago Health Department at 219-391-8467.

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1. How does lead enter the drinking water?
2. Why did Environmental protection Agency sample drinking water in some homes in East Chicago?
3. Who owns the service lines that carry drinking water from the water main to my home?
4. What did the sampling results show?
5. How long should zone 2 and 3 residents who participated in the pilot use the water filter provided by Environmental Protection Agency?
6. I live in East Chicago but wasn’t part of the pilot study. I’m concerned about lead in my drinking water - what should I do?
7. Is the City of East Chicago in compliance with applicable drinking water standards for lead?
8. Why are there high lead levels if the City of East Chicago is in compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule?
9. Did the Environmental Protection Agency test for other metals?
10. Can water contaminated with lead hurt me or my children?
11. Is it safe for adults to shower or bathe with the water? Can babies be bathed in tap water?
12. Is it safe to wash dishes and do laundry with unfiltered water?
13. The Environmental Protection Agency provided a filter after excavation, but how do I know the filter is working?
14. Will whole house filters or reverse-osmosis filters work better?
15. How can I get my home’s drinking water tested for lead?
16. How can I check my home’s water pipes for lead?
17. Is this related to the USS Lead Superfund Site near my home?