Cancer-causing trace metals in plumbing fittings -- including lead, cadmium, copper and nickel -- have the potential to leach into drinking water and cause long-term health problems, the Ministry of Health has warned.
Every local council nationwide is now required under the Drinking Water Standards for New Zealand 2005 to alert consumers to the potential danger and advise them how to avoid it.
OK, so I am not going to worry about it one little bit atallatall...
He said the standards, based on an average 70kg bodyweight, "erred on the side of caution".
"We're not just considering acute short-term exposure but the life-time potential for harm -- what the risk is if you drink two litres a day for 60 to 70 years."
Yeah, thanks Herald.