Lead in drinking water

In Scotland, lead does not occur naturally in significant concentrations in our water supplies. The problem arises when drinking water comes into contact with lead supply pipes, lead tanks, lead solder joints on copper pipes, or inferior quality brass fittings and taps, particularly for longer periods (e.g. overnight/weekends/holiday periods). This can result in high lead levels in the drinking water supply.

Information on the health effects of exposure to lead can be found on the NHS Inform website: https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/lead-poisoning