QUESTION: Preventative measures for lead exposure,
22 Dec 2005, Heilongjiang Province, People's Republic of China
I live in Harbin, China. How can I reduce my exposure to Lead and Mercury? Is there anything I can add to my water? Can I filter the water?
The exposure here is High I have no tests to prove it, but the coal burning is constant, year after year. What other chemicals will combine with lead and Mercury? can some compounds be worse or better on the body? I will give this info out to other people, including Chinese, that are concerned about contamination.
ANSWER: 28 Dec 2005
As you have correctly noted, the primary treatment for lead poisoning is to stop the exposure. Removal of the source of lead is critical to reducing the lead levels. If you can't remove the source of lead from the environment, you may have alternatives to reduce the likelihood that lead will cause problems. For instance, sometimes it might be preferable to seal in, rather than remove, old lead paint. Your local health department can recommend resources to identify and reduce lead in your home or in your community.
If you're doing minor remodelling or touch-up work in an older house with lead-based paint, take some precautions. See: The Six Step Guide To Painting Your Home
I'm forwarding you an article to you that answers all your questions about the efficiency of removing lead and other elements in drinking water. The article is called "The efficiency of removal of lead and other elements from domestic drinking waters using a bench-top water filter system."
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