Water quality for horse consumption #457479 - Ask Extension


Water quality for horse consumption #457479

Asked May 28, 2018, 1:04 PM EDT

Good afternoon! I came across your website while doing research on water quality for horses and  J Mark Locklear ditected me here. My husband and I are in the process of buying our first little horse farm. (They are currently boarded). We had the water tested in the home and a high level of lead was discovered (.048 mg/L). The current home owners are putting in an RO system for the house, but this may not address the water in the barn. Is this lead level acceptable for horses or is this a deal breaker for purchasing the home? Thank you for your time!!


Hancock County Indiana

Expert Response

The CDC recommended cut off level for lead is 15 ppb. Your water source has 48 ppb, more than 3 times than the CDC recommendation. 
Bear in mind, that this is the max for humans. But horses have similar toxicities to lead as humans. 

Fernanda Camargo Replied June 04, 2018, 2:52 PM EDT

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