Household tips

You can reduce your exposure to lead in your water.

What you should know

Water is more likely to absorb the lead from your plumbing if it sits for several hours.

  • If you haven't run water through your faucet for several hours, you should:
    • Let the cold-water faucet run until you feel that the water is as cold as it will get 
    • Run the water for 2 -3 minutes if you have a lead waterline
  • Hot water dissolves lead faster than cold water.
    • If you need hot water, heat it after it comes out of the faucet.
    • Use only cold water for drinking, cooking and baby formula.
  • You do not have to worry about lead in water you use for:
    • Showering
    • Flushing the toilet
    • Running your dishwasher
    • Watering plants

Read the Minnesota Department of Health's Let it run information to learn more

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