Uh Oh, Lead in the pipes

Today, I did a very adult-y and homeowner thing.

I called the City of Hamilton because I thought that the water in my house tasted a little funny.

As an avid water drinker, I am one of these people who can taste the difference between different waters. It’s been said that water doesn’t have a taste but I disagree. However, apparently you can’t taste lead in the water, so I guess my water just has a funky taste.

The City informed me that my house has 1/2 inch lead lines or something like that. Immediately, I asked the customer service agent if I was going to die and how much longer I had to live. Well, it wasn’t as dramatic as that but I did ask her for more information.,

Essentially, the city estimates there are roughly 20,000 homes with lead service lines. In 2015, Molly Hayes reported that “it could take up to 40 years to overhaul the system”.

water pipes

A quick Google search tells me that lead is mostly dangerous to children and pregnant women. However, lead is also harmful to adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:

  • Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
  • Decreased kidney function
  • Reproductive problems (in both men and women)


Luckily I just got blood work done since I am a responsible vegetarian and I am all clear! Well, I should eat some more beans for a little more iron but, I don’t have lead poisoning. 🙂

So, getting the pipes replaced is being added to my list of 142 other things to do to the house. #homeownerstruggles



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