Copper is a reddish metal that occurs naturally in CT in rock, soil, water, sediment, and air. It has many practical uses in our society. It is an essential element for living organisms, including humans, and-in small amounts-necessary in our diet to ensure good health. However, too much copper can cause adverse health effects, including vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and nausea. It has also been associated with liver damage and kidney disease. Test your CT water for copper if you suspect a problem.
The human body has a natural mechanism for maintaining the proper level of copper in it. However, children under one year old have not yet developed this mechanism and, as a result, are more vulnerable to the toxic effects of copper.
Water is one of the ways that copper may enter our bodies. The EPA has established an “action level” for copper in drinking water. Steps should be taken to reduce exposure if this level of 1,300 parts per billion is exceeded. This level has been set to protect against acute toxic effects in humans.
How can I reduce my exposure to copper in CT?
Copper works its way into Connecticut water supplies by dissolving from copper pipes in our plumbing. The longer the water has stood idle in the pipes, the more copper it is likely to have absorbed. Anytime the water has not been used for more than six hours, for example, or during the day when people have gone to work or school-it should be cleared from the pipes before being used for drinking or cooking.
In addition, hot water dissolves copper more quickly than cold water, as a result, water to be used for drinking or cooking should not be drawn from the hot water tap. If you need hot water for cooking or drinking, take water from the cold tap and heat it. It is especially important not to use the hot water for making baby formula.
To determine the copper level in your drinking water call today 888-558-1574. “Near me, in my area, in CT?” Yes!