Half of U.S. states have a high prevalence of well water that’s corrosive enough to leach lead from pipes, according to a report published Wednesday by the Associated Press. The findings come from a new study conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey that included an analysis of more than 20,000 wells nationwide, and found that 25 states have groundwater with a “…high prevalence of being potentially corrosive.”
Consuming corrosive water can cause health-related problems when it reacts with pipes containing lead or copper; metals from plumbing materials can mix with the water. Signs of metal in drinking water include bluish-green stains in sinks, metallic taste and small leaks in plumbing fixtures, according to the study.
The study found the highest prevalence of corrosive water primarily in the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. states, including Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island and South Carolina, as well as the District of Columbia.
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