We’ve heard the stories about lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan. The situation is appalling, infuriating, heartbreaking. But, as NY Times columnist Nick Kristof writes in Are You a Toxic Waste Disposal Site?,“many parts of America have even higher rates of child lead poisoning than Flint.” And lead is only one of the industrial chemicals found in drinking water. Sharon Lerner’s ongoing exposé in The Intercept reveals that Flint Residents May Have Been Drinking PFCs in Addition to Lead. (PFCs are the highly fluorinated chemicals used to make products nonstick, stain- and water-repellent.)
Is there lead in your drinking water? Now you can find out.
Healthy Babies Bright Futures (HBBF) is partnering with Virginia Tech to offer an in-home testing kit that can detect most lead hazards in water. The moment I heard about this I signed up – and it couldn’t be easier.
Once you sign up, you’ll get your kit in about ten days. Within 30 days of reaching the lab, test results will be emailed to you. Your detailed results will tell you whether there is lead in your water, and, if so, what steps you can take to reduce your family’s risk.