Today at least 4 million households have children living in them that are being exposed to high levels of lead. There are approximately half a million U.S. children ages 1 to 5 with blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.
Teton County Public Health does not have a specific Environmental Health lead program, however Teton County Public Health's Nursing Division does offer blood lead screening by appointment only. For an appointment please call 307-733-6401. If your child's blood lead level is high we will refer you to your child's pediatrician and then the Environmental Health division of Teton County Public Health can assist you in further investigating the source of the lead in your child's environment. Your pediatrician most likely also offers blood lead screening.
Lead is rarely found in source water, but enters tap water through corrosion of plumbing materials. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water.