The Dangers of Lead in Sydney Tap Water

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Many of you may have already read at least one of the recent numerous articles that indicate that Sydney water does in fact contain toxins such as lead, at dangerous levels. Some of these articles reveal the government’s acknowledgement regarding this danger and they further outline some of the safety precautions that are recommended to avoid further damage to the human body.

It goes without saying that if the government has acknowledged a health issue then it is neither just a scare tactic nor groundless fear-mongering. Health is the most important thing to anyone and when the danger to health is so widespread and on an epidemiological level, the concerns which people have are valid and should be heard.

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Our blog articles have discussed many aspects about water dispensers. We explain that not all water dispensers are made the same, what chemicals are necessary to filter out and how climate plays a crucial part in the safety of drinking water. This article aims to further explore these topics in reference to the recent warnings the Australian government have issued in the interest of public health. The main toxin that is causing concern in Sydney water is lead.

Unlike fluoride and chlorine, where at certain levels it is safe for human consumption, lead is in no way safe for human consumption at any level. In fact, before scientific discovery revealed its dangers, lead poisoning was a widespread health issue to people as it was used for kitchen appliances, cosmetics and industrial equipment.

Lead Poisoning

The health consequences for lead poisoning are severe as it damages the entire function of the human body by negatively effecting the nervous system, brain and heart. Just some of the health consequences of lead poisoning are kidney failure, brain damage and in many cases death. It is also crucial to be aware that children are the most vulnerable to these health dangers and pregnant women especially, need to be mindful of how vulnerable they are to the short-term and long-term health effects of lead poisoning, both to them and their children.

Signs of lead poisoning in adults

  • High blood pressure
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Difficulties with memory or concentration
  • Headache
  • Abdominal pain
  • Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women

Signs of lead poisoning in children

  • Irritability
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Sluggishness and fatigue
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss
  • Seizures
  • Eating things, such as paint chips, that aren’t food (pica)

Often the symptoms of lead poisoning do not appear until much later as it requires a certain amount of accumulation for symptoms to start showing. If you suspect that you or any of your loved ones may have lead poisoning, please call emergency services immediately.

What can you do?

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Filtered water is the obvious solution to drinking contaminated tap water. Once considered to be more of a luxury, it is clear that now filtered water is a necessity. It is important to remember that boiling water does not get rid of toxins such as lead. In fact, it can worsen contamination by heating the elements of the chemical. Bottled water, though convenient in the short term, is expensive. Furthermore, continued use is harmful to the environment due to the fact it is usually sold in plastic bottles. Filtered Water Taps are complicated to install and often cost exorbitant amounts to install and maintain. Filtered water dispensers have the convenience of bottled water in that they are movable, do not use plastic and overall, inexpensive. However, though many filtered water dispensers claim to eradicate toxins from water, they may have no scientific basis or research to give evidence to these claims. Therefore, it is important for consumers to understand the difference between fact and marketing tactics.

Tell me about the Filtered Water Dispensers at Vital Care Group

Our filtered water dispensers have the research results to show that lead is entirely removed from the water, along with other undesirable chemicals such as arsenic. Rigorously tested, you are guaranteed that the water you consume is pure and free of toxins and most importantly, your health is not at risk. Put your safety first and make sure you are getting what you paid for. We have the research and evidence to support what we claim and therefore open to answering any questions you may have, whether it be about our filtering system, our manufacturing or servicing. The bottom line is we want you to know that you are getting what you paid for. Contact us for more information either through email at or phone 1300 962 165. If you are in the area then visit us and we can give you a demonstration on how our filtered water dispensers work.

Talk to you soon!