OZBathroom supplies LEAD FREE stainless steel tapware to Australia for your family health. Most of taps in Australia market are make from brass and chrome finished. Brass taps marketed as 'lead free' may still contain up to 4.5% of lead. Water sitting overnight (or for several hours) in a brass faucet tends to leach lead from the brass faucet interior which may produce relatively high lead levels in the first draw of drinking water.
Lead is a highly toxic heavy metal and the dangers from exposure to it are now well known. This metal, used for many years to manufacture household items and everyday objects, is gradually being banned because of its harmfulness (e.g. elimination from gasoline, paints and electronic devices). Children are the most susceptible to lead poisoning as it impairs psycho-physical development by damaging brain cells.
The World Health Organization (WHO) sets the maximum "suggested" level of lead in drinking water at 10 micrograms per litre, a limit that from 2013 onwards will become obligatory. Today the limit is set at 25 micrograms/litre, even though this is a theoretical limit that few are able to verify and comply with
Tips to reduce your exposure to Lead in drinking water
TESTS on water run through a cheap Aldi tap from China have found up to 15 times the maximum allowable level of lead. The estimated 12,000 households that bought an Easy Home spiral spring mixer are now being warned against using it for drinking or cooking.
Dr. Paul Harvey got some stainless taps from OZBathroom couple years ago for his research paper. The result is great! Here is the original reply from Dr. Harvey:
"Well, my work, which I am in the process of writing for publication, will show that lead is widespread across NSW and by extrapolation, Australia. Brass fittings seem to be a big source of lead entering the water. The fitting I test from you returned < 1 ug/L of lead in each test over a 3 day period. This is fantastic as it provides a solution to the problem of high lead coming from the brass. I would imagine that interest in lead-free fittings will increase following the public release of my work."
The company name(OZBathroom Australia) can be found at Figure 1, Phase 3, Part B.
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More and more media are reporting the high risk of lead in our drinking water: