How to test water for lead

How to test water for lead

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan has many people concerned about the safety of their own drinking water.

The crisis hit closer to home over the weekend when two water samples in Sebring, Ohio were above the federal limits for lead and copper.

While there have been no reports of lead contamination in the Tri-State, concerned residents have the ability to track their water quality and test at home.

Many water suppliers provide yearly reports that can be accessed through the Environmental Protection Agency's web site. 

Lead testing kits are can be purchased at home improvement stores and online. Residents can test their home water and then send the samples for analysis. The EPA provides a list of state-certified testing labs on their web site.

Some water providers even offer free testing. Contact your provider to see if that's an option.

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