One year after testing found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in more than a third of public schools, Montgomery County will set stricter water safety standards.
The audit found D.C. Water’s records indicate 79% of the water service lines on customers’ property are made of unknown material.
Both measures would reduce the current statewide lead standard from 20 parts per billion to 5 parts per billion. Proponents cite EPA data indicating that children with even low levels of lead in their blood can suffer health issues.
The CDC says there is no safe level of exposure to lead, which can cause developmental problems and learning disabilities in children.
Water sample testing for lead has resumed at Anne Arundel County Public Schools. The process isn’t unique to the school district. It’s required for all schools throughout the state that are served by public water.
It’s early in the process, but more than half the Montgomery County schools tested so far have shown elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. Find the worst offenders, and where you can check to see which schools have been tested.
Testing of water this summer from drinking fountains and other water sources at Manassas City Public Schools turned up lead in three different samples, including one that was above acceptable federal standards.
New legislation would mandate regular testing of drinking water in every school, recreation center and child development facility in the city.
The District is adopting a tougher testing standard at certain facilities in order to protect children from lead in drinking water.
At the Washington Aqueduct, the addition of orthophosphate prevents corrosion of aging lead pipes, reducing the amount of toxic lead in drinking water.
More than a decade before Flint, Michigan, a crisis in the nation’s capital raised fear, and ultimately awareness, about the dangers of lead in drinking water.
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