Lead Level in Baltimore City and Baltimore County

The average maximum contamination level for Lead is 15 ppb. If the tested water exceeds this amount, the water in the area is considered harmful. For children, even with the contamination level lower than 15 ppb can lead to health hazard.

15 parts per billion
= 1 drop in 10,000 gallons of water

Exceed 15 ppb
Regular Standard

Danger from Lead

Elevated level of Lead can be very dangerous for pregnant women and young children. Young children, infants, and fetuses are particularly vulnerable to lead because the effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. A dose of lead that would have little effect on an adult can have a significant effect on a child. It can lead to damage in the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.

For pregnant women, lead can be stored along with calcium and is released as maternal calcium to help form the bones of the fetus. This is especially true for a woman who does not have enough dietary calcium.

What You Can Do

Follow the link to steps you should take to make sure your drinking water is safe!