Village officials say they have increased the amount of zinc orthophostate in the village water system to help slow the pace of corrosion and therefore lower the levels of lead. The heightened levels of lead are due to corrosion, the village believes. Hancock officials say they are concerned about their residents’ health. The following statement has been to sent to 12 News: The village says the water department has detected two houses with elevated levels of lead in the water during routine testing from June to September 2019. HANCOCK, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Village of Hancock Water Department is alerting residents to elevated levels of lead in drinking water. The village of Hancock is concerned about the health of their residents because lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years-old or younger. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to parts of your body. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones which may affect brain development. They recommend running your water for 15 to 30 seconds to help flush out lead and using cold water to prepare baby formula.