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Lead and tap water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) monitors drinking water in the United States. It requires water suppliers to produce annual water quality reports. These reports include information about lead amounts, and they are available to the public.

For more information, call the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800-426-4791) and the National Lead Information Center (800-LEAD-FYI).

Alternative Names

Water contaminated with lead



United States Environmental Protection Agency. Basic information about lead in drinking water. www.epa.gov/your-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. Updated: March 17, 2016. Accessed: March 17, 2016.

Review Date 10/9/2015

Updated by: Jacob L. Heller, MD, MHA, Emergency Medicine, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.