Yes Simon "The Romans got their water from lead pipes without
problem. Mind you the men did wear skirts and tried to take over the
and look where that lead them ?
Yes Chris about 8 to 9 million houses in the UK still have lead water
pipes. Studies have shown that lead can have a small effect on the
mental development of children. It may also be a factor in behavioural
Some types of water, particularly soft water, can pick up lead from
pipes. Water is treated by your water company to reduce this where
needed. In addition, deposits containing lead can build up in pipes &
may occasionally be dislodged.
You can take some simple short-term precautions to reduce possible
lead levels in water:-
Do not drink water that has been standing in the pipes for long
periods, e.g. overnight or if no one has been in for several hours.
In these circumstances, draw off a washing-up bowl of water from the
kitchen tap to clear the water which has been standing in the pipes.
If the length of lead pipes is 40+ metres, more than a bowl of water
will need to be drawn off. First thing in the morning you may not
need to draw off a bowl full as you will have already used the toilet
You can then use the water from the kitchen tap as usual.
and Chris you may wish to read this :-
Like India, China has huge plans for industrial development, power
supply and extraction of raw materials. If people lose confidence in
their products they will have to change and adopt a better approach
but until that time it must not be at the cost of us. That goes for
The idea of " it was OK in my day " is now simply not accepted,
however true the statement is.