Information on Lead in Drinking Water
The Malden Water Department wants all consumers to be aware of the potential for elevated lead levels in drinking water, the causes, the health effects, and what can be done to reduce or eliminate the effects or the source.
Every six months, the City of Malden works with the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) to test water for lead levels at 15 sites that are likely to have lead components. For the test period ending December 31, 2021, two of the sites did result in elevated levels of lead which put Malden in the 87% percentile rather than the acceptable 90%. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.
How to Reduce Lead Exposure:
- If your water has gone unused for more than 6 hours, run any faucet used for drinking or cooking until it is consistently cold (usually about 30 seconds to 2 minutes) before drinking or cooking with it. The flushing of your tap ensures the best quality water.
- Use only cold water for drinking, cooking, and making baby formula/food for infants.
- Please note that boiling water does not eliminate lead. If there is lead in your water, boiling it will increase lead levels.
- Other steps that may be taken include installing water filters that meet the standard for effective lead reduction, identify if your plumbing fixtures or water piping contain lead and replacing them, and having your water tested.
- Replaced your private lead water service with a new copper service pipe.
The Engineering Department will provide free testing of water for any homeowner or tenant as well as an inspection of water service to determine material. For further information call 781-397-7040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.