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UK Water Authorities advise the Public to Identify Toxic Lead pipes in Homes using Dangerous Scratch Test

Some of the UK Water Authorities who recommend the Toxic Scratch Test: Watersafe Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering United Utilities Water Regulations Advisory Scheme Water UK Severn Trent Thames Water Drinking Water Inspectorate The Drinking Water Inspectorate refer to themselves as the ‘Guardians of drinking water quality’ and that might be the case […]

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Helping vocational skills teachers understand the facts about professional Lead Solder use

Aims of the article Owing to the uneven way knowledge is distributed in society, Teachers in the Vocational Skills industry are often uninformed about key changes to technical safety legislation, concerning their occupational field. This paper aims to help Teachers in plumbing, heating and gas to acknowledge the problems with lead solder and the statutory […]

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‘Suitable’ vs ‘Wholesome’ Drinking Water: What is best for school children?

Water supplies for English and Welsh school children appear to have differing standards – ‘suitable’ vs ‘wholesome’.  It begs the question: What could this mean in terms of drinking water quality? Leadinthewater.com has compared school drinking water provision in England and Wales. The article draws on the 2019 National Education Union ‘Standards for school premises’ […]

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Brussels police ‘poisoned for years’ by lead in water at work

Lead in the water risk from plumbing and taps in buildings Following a lead contamination incident in a Belgian Police building, the Brussels Times reported that the Higher Consultation Committee were brought together to investigate the risk to police officers and workers. It was first believed that the reported lead in the water situation did […]

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Millions of combination boilers connected illegally to central heating systems containing toxic lead

This is the second paper in a series to support our campaign for World Health Organisation “International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019” The literature The May/June (2019: 30) issue of the Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) Journal ‘P&H Engineering’ stated: In the reference that CIPHE make to ‘New Regulation’, they imply that […]

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Why Lead solder is not allowed on gas systems in UK

There has been much debate recently on the use of Lead Solder for heating pipes and non-potable supplies which include gas. This paper is the first in a series to be published by leadinthewater.com as part of the World Health Organisation ‘International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2019 #ILPPW2019’ A range of organisations, professionals and occupational workers […]

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Toxic Lead Solder approved by professional plumbing organisations and used widespread in UK colleges & homes

Is Lead Solder legal to use on Heating and Gas Systems? Lead in the water has found that the use of toxic lead solder is widespread in UK Further Education Colleges and by Gas Safe Registered Engineers for heating and gas pipe installations. Lead Solder appears to be approved on non-drinking water supplies in recent […]

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World Plumbing Day 2019

It’s World Plumbing Day on 11 March 2019. The World Health Organization and United Nations has awarded leadinthewater.com with a Certificate of Gratitute for our work on raising awareness about the risks of Lead contamination. We take this work seriously and thank the WHO for their efforts to improve public health with the eradication of […]

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Reminder on World Plumbing Day: Lead in water is a real danger

It’s World Plumbing Day on 11 March and our message couldn’t be clearer: let’s get lead out of the water supply. The World Health Organisation (WHO) publish Water Quality Guidelines stating that infants and children are considered to be the most sensitive subgroups of the population and are most at risk from Lead in drinking […]

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UK training provider promotes use of lead-based solder

BPEC, ‘an industry-leading provider of qualifications, assessments and learning materials’, appear to condone the use of lead solder in their training materials. In a their publication ‘Essential Plumbing Skills Development for Copper Pipe Installation’ (page 7), which can be seen by clicking the link or the excerpt below, BPEC state that “leaded solder is beneficial to achieve early […]

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