Recently, elevated lead levels have been found in the drinking water of homes in St. Paul, Minnesota. In the wake of these findings here are some basic reminders regarding lead in our water. Lead is a contaminant we do not want in our drinking water. The EPA has set a Maximum Contamination Level (MCL) of 15ppb (Parts Per Billion) for lead in water. However, the goal for zero health risk is to have 0ppb, also known as the MCLG. This goal should be used for drinking water consumption, especially with children.