Let’s Get the Lead Out - Menasha
The City of Menasha is dedicated to assisting homeowners to protect their families from lead exposure. Experts agree there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. The Menasha Health Department recommends looking at all potential lead exposure sources in your home and taking steps to minimize those sources.
What are lead sources? The majority of lead exposure comes from deteriorated lead based paints, primarily on windows. Lead pipe hazards related to water account for 10-20% of potential lead exposure to children in older homes. This is of concern throughout the Fox Valley, and the United States. The process of replacing all lead piping in the system is one that will take time to complete.
What can we do to get the lead out? Read “Protecting Your Family from Lead,” (EPA). Evaluate all sources of lead, especially lead paint (homes built before 1978). Take recommended measures to minimize sources.
Participate in full lead service line replacement, if your water main is scheduled. The Menasha Utililties has a Lead Service Program funds to assist homeowners in changing their lead water laterals. Menasha Utilities will apply for funds annually, as long as they are available. For more information contact the Water Distribution department at (920) 967-3431 or visit the webpage at menashautilities.com.
If your home was built prior to 1986 it may have leaded solder joints regardless of whether the lateral (pipe from the street to the house) is lead. Use only cold water for drinking and cooking; Let it Run 1-2 minutes, until cold before drinking it and obtain a water filtration device, faucet mounted or pitcher with a charcoal filter. These will reduce or remove lead from the water used for consumption. Check the product to be sure it has been certified for lead removal by National Safety Foundation International (NSF). Follow the manufacturer's recommendations for operation and maintenance. Read carefully the frequency of filter changes and the cost of replacement filters prior to purchasing a particular device. Installation of faucet mounted filter units is very easy and does not require a plumber; they simply screw into the base of the faucet. Filters are available or $14.00 from the Menasha Health Department.
Who can I contact if I have questions? The Menasha Health Department is committed to assisting families with expectant mothers and/or very young children. This also extends to households where very young children frequent such as grandparent’s homes or in-home daycare settings.
Please contact the Menasha Health Department Environmental Health Sanitarian at (920)967-3522 / firstname.lastname@example.org, for specific available information related to your home and recommendations on how to reduce risks from lead and other potential environmental issues which may be present in the home such as radon, asbestos and indoor air quality. Our goal is to help families live in a healthy home.Resources: