Reducing lead exposure from drinking water: recent history and current status

Public Health Rep. 2005 May-Jun;120(3):316-21. doi: 10.1177/003335490512000317.


This article discusses the issue of lead contamination of drinking water, noting the various regulatory-driven measures that have been adopted in the U.S. since 1986 to address this public health issue. The article summarizes the literature on the dynamics of tap water lead contamination and discusses this widespread source of lead exposure in the context of the latest research evidence.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Welfare / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Government Regulation*
  • Humans
  • Lead Poisoning / prevention & control*
  • New York City
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Public Health Administration*
  • Sanitary Engineering / instrumentation
  • United States
  • Water Pollution, Chemical / analysis
  • Water Pollution, Chemical / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Water Pollution, Chemical / prevention & control*
  • Water Supply / analysis
  • Water Supply / standards*