Is lead harmful?
In the past, lead was widely used for everything from plumbing to electronics.
It is now known that over time, exposure to lead can affect health, with the greatest risk being to children under six and to pregnant mums.
As a result, the government has banned the use of lead in many products, and it has not been used for water pipes since 1970.
The government advises that we should all minimise our exposure to lead from all sources, including drinking water.
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