Many Children Drink Water From Private Wells. They’re Risking Lead Exposure.
American children whose homes rely on private wells for drinking water are 25 percent more likely to have high lead levels in their blood than those with access to regulated community water services, according to new research.
The lead exposure is worse for poor and Black children due to historic discriminatory public policies.
Lead, a heavy metal which has no smell and is invisible to the naked eye, is a suspected carcinogen and highly toxic to the brain and nervous system, as well as most other organs.