Before 1795, Boston residents obtained their water from local wells, rain barrels, and a spring on the Boston Common.
Your family doctor or pediatrician can perform a blood test for lead and provide you with information about the health effects of lead.
State and local government agencies that can be contacted include:
(617-242-5323 or www.mwra.com)
For information about your community's water supply, and a list of local laboratories that have been certified by DEP for testing water quality.
(1-800-532-9571 or www.mass.gov/dph/)
For information about the health effects of lead and how you can have your child's blood tested.
(800-424-LEAD or www.epa.gov/lead)
For information about where lead is found and how to protect your family.
(617-635-0190 or http://dnd.cityofboston.gov/#page/HomeCenter)
Technical and financial assistance with grants of up to $8,500 per unit to remove lead-based paint from your home.
For additional information about lead in drinking water.