With lead found in Flint’s water supply, should we be concerned about water in Houston?

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HOUSTON, TX - Did you know, according to the environmental protection agency about 10% to 20% of our lead exposure comes from contaminated water and this toxic water can find its way into our homes. While Flint, Michigan is making news with their poisonous water supply, some in the Houston area might be wondering; what's in our tap?

Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have older lead plumbing. Today, stricter requirements for faucets, fixtures and pipes are in place to keep lead levels low. That's not to say, there might be other stuff in our water supply to watch out for. Richard DeYoung, President/CEO Aqua Systems of Houston says, "Levels of arsenic, barium, fluorides, nitrates, chloride levels, lead levels, trihalomethanes. Your MUD reports provide you with this information ever year."

When it comes to our water, it's the responsibility of our local water districts make sure everything is running smoothly. DeYoung says our city is doing a good job. According to DeYoung, "They check and monitor that water on a daily basis. They're checking water all the time, continuously. Typically, in Houston the water supply is pretty good. It's a good water supply."

If you want to be more proactive when it come to protecting your family from bad water, you can do some tests at home. DeYoung says, "Your hardness, your PH, your chlorine or chloramine levels, those are things that can be tested at the house. You can go to a local pool supply store and get a pool test kit. Beyond that, you pretty much have to bring your water to a laboratory or have a sample send to a laboratory for full testing." So, when it comes to clean drinking water, the Bayou City seems to have Flint beat. We'll drink to that.