Safe level of lead? - Misc. NZ
Safe level of lead?

Safe level of lead?

The short answer is NO. While countries have various maximum acceptable levels of lead-content in drinking water, the World Health Organisation states that even blood lead concentration levels of 5µg/dL can be associated with decreased intelligence in children, behavioural difficulties and learning problems.

Words by Aupurit

How does lead affect us?

Lead is a cumulative poison that builds up in our body over time. Unfortunately, there is no ‘pill’ that we can take to reverse or remove the effects of lead once it enters our body. In small doses, we may not notice its presence but over time this can cause long-term health effects. Once it is there, people of all ages can start to experience problems ranging from kidney disease, cardiovascular problems, hypertension and mental health issues. In pregnant women it can heighten the risk of premature births and have particularly devastating effects on younger children.

What is the acceptable lead limit in NZ?

New Zealand follows the AS/NZS 4020 standard which allows for up to 4.5% across wetted surfaces in plumbing products and materials. Because there have been no major issues, we have become accustomed to these standards. Because of its insidious nature, it is easy to accept due to its subtle and cumulative effects that are hard to detect in small doses.

Scientists have claimed that ‘acceptable’ lead regulations create an illusion of safety. Most experts believe there is no safe level of blood lead level. The only way to truly prevent the life-altering effects of lead is to commit to a lead-free future. Zero and low-lead products will pave the way for this change as more and more individuals, companies and countries begin to push for this essential change.

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