North Shore Health Department February 3rd, 2016
Did You Know?
Lead is a naturally-occurring toxic metal. Lead poisoning has been linked to delays in both mental and physical development. Children under the age of six are particularly vulnerable to elevated lead levels. The amount of lead in manufactured materials has been reduced in recent years due to health concerns, though it can still be found in a wide variety of products in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition, and cosmetics. Although lead rarely occurs naturally in water, if internal pipes contain lead, it can leach into water if the water is not treated correctly. The North Shore communities regularly test tap water for lead and the results are consistently below the EPA’s action level of 15 ppb (parts per billion). The treatment plants that supply water to North Shore communities add corrosion control treatment to the drinking water. The treatment is designed to coat the interior of the pipes to help prevent the leaching of lead into the drinking water.
There are several simple ways to decrease the lead in residential water:
Flush your plumbing by running cold water for three minutes
Only use cold water for cooking
Purchase a home filtration system
Contact a certified plumber who can:
1) Tell you if your home has a lead service line;
2) Check for lead solders in your home’s internal pipes; and
3) Look for fixtures containing lead.
If you have concerns about lead in your drinking water and want to test your water, contact the State Lab of Hygiene for a specific test kit. Residents can order the sample kit by calling (800) 442-4618.
To learn more about the drinking water in your community, you can visit the following websites for more information.
http://www.northshorewc.com/ (Glendale, Whitefish Bay, Fox Point)
http://www.browndeerwi.org/departments/water-utility/ (Brown Deer)
The North Shore Health Department has a proud and respected tradition of providing excellent health services to our North Shore communities. With our knowledgeable staff,we are continuing our mission to improve our residents' health, prevent disease, and safeguard the environment through an organized, collaborative effort.
The North Shore Health Department works with a Board of Health, comprised of a licensed medical adviser and members appointed for a two-year term by village presidents or the mayor of each community. Our staff consists of a health officer, an administrative assistant, a registered sanitarian, and registered nurses who are public health nurses.
The North Shore Health Department is one of the many benefits that make living in our communities very special. Our services and programs are thoughtfully selected and carefully planned to make our communities safer and healthier, and to provide a better way of life for all residents. We offer a wide variety of programs for adults, seniors, children and infants. Some services are free - others are available at affordable fees.
Our new North Shore Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is now available for viewing. Click the link below to see how you can help yourself and your community become a healthier place to live, work and play.
Community Health Improvement Plan 2014-2019
We encourage you to take advantage of the many ways we can help improve and promote healthy lifestyles for you and your family.