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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">The Pitt County Health Department has issued a reminder that Greenville Utilities customers should continue testing their water for lead – <b>particularly if they are pregnant, breastfeeding or have children younger than 6.</b></td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">"People really need to have their water tested, and that's not happening in numbers that we would like to see," Morrow said. "Results from these tests show that over 20 percent of these homes had lead levels above EPA standards."<br><br>
Greenville Utilities provides free water testing for lead. According to the utility, 782 customers have requested test kits, but only 525 kits have been returned for testing.</td>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;">...we are also seeing that about 13.3 percent of the <b>newer homes built from 1988 to present</b> have lead levels at the tap that exceed EPA standards."</td>
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I wanted to put this out there, especially for us breastfeeding mothers who need to consume lots of water.<br>
I never had my tap water checked, but I do use the Brita Water filter system and buy bottled water.<br>
I think this warning about the lead in tap water should not only be heeded in North Carolina, but many other places as well.<br>
Many county health departments have kits available so that you don't have to pay for them.<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> and stay safe.
 

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I know I just posted the above, but then I got to thinking...shouldn't the parents who ff be more worried? I would think that very little lead gets through the breastmilk to the baby, especially compared to tap water mixed with formula....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch">
 

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No one had any comments, huh? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent">
 

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Hey I agree, ff mama's should be more worried unless they choose to use bottled or filtered water. I never really had to worry about this because I drink Crystal Springs filtered water. We have well water and don't care for the tase of it so we get CS delivered and that is our water bill. Of course we use the well water for everything else.<br>
I never thought about lead in the water. Thanks for the heads up <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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I should get mine tested.. we have a well..<br><br>
I bf & dont drink alot of our water.. I buy water by the gallon at the store , or propel...<br>
but we do use ours for ice sometimes & the baby does end up drinking some out the tub or pool<br><br>
Ill have to check with my HD about a kit
 

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Good point about the formula and water thing, I was amazed on a mainstream birth board I occasionally visit, how few ffing mamas even boil the tap water, let alone use filtered or bottled even for very tiny infants
 

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For what it is worth I believe that much of the lead in water comes from when it sits in the pipes. The solder used to weld the pipes together used to have lead in it. I think they use lead free solder now.
 
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