Strategies to Enhance the Water Quality Coming Into Your Building

By Larry Gillanders Co-founder, Ace DuraFlo Systems | September 04, 2016

Americans are increasingly concerned with their water quality. But you should be, too. You may not even know that your property could be liable for delivering lead-contaminated water to guests. But what causes high lead levels in water, anyway? What actions can you take to ensure your hotel's water is safe and healthy? How do insurance companies leave you liable? This article will help provide vital knowledge about the current lead problem and how you can make your property's water safe.

Just when you thought it was safe to drink the water, along came news of Flint, MI, and lead-tainted drinking water showing up at a tap near you. Ok, well this may not be the latest "Revenge of Jaws" movie, but in this case, it is a reminder that lead that is lurking in our drinking water.

Surprising to many, you don't need to have lead pipes to get excessively high lead levels at the tap. Even more surprising, you may even be liable and left uninsured for delivering lead-contaminated water to your guests.

This article touches on what are called "lead contributors," how to identify them, what causes high lead levels, what you can do about it and use of lead exclusions by insurance providers.

Lead in Water Crisis

Americans are extremely concerned about water quality. And it's no secret.

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