Lead In Drinking Water


Fairfax County
Health Department Public Statement

Lead In Drinking Water

Fairfax County Health Department
Addresses Public Health Concerns About Lead

The Fairfax County Health Department is working with county and regional authorities to stay abreast of concerns about lead in drinking water. These regional concerns about lead in water have prompted this opportunity to educate county residents about the role of public health in minimizing the health consequences of lead exposure.

Lead exposure can come from many sources. The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) recommends children at age 9-months and at age 2 years be screened for lead exposure. Cases of any child age 15 years or younger with an elevated blood lead level (greater than or equal to 10 micrograms per deciliter) are reported to VDH for statistical record keeping. According to 2002 data, 54 cases in Fairfax County were reported to VDH at an incidence rate of 25.5 per 100,000, which is lower than Virginia's total incidence rate of 37.4 per 100,000.

Additional information can be found on Fairfax County's Health Department lead poisoning Web page.


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