Water that leaves Hartlepool Water treatment works and flows through our water mains network is effectively lead-free. If traces of lead are found in tap water, it usually comes from old lead pipework in, or near the home. The longer water is left to stand in these pipes, the more likely it is that traces of lead will be found.
Lead and your health
Awareness of the levels of lead in the environment has increased during recent years, for example lead is no longer used in the production of petrol or paints.
Medical advice suggests that lead may be harmful. Therefore, it is sensible to ensure that as little lead as possible is consumed. This is especially important for pregnant women and young children.