Lead in School Drinking Water is a Nationwide Problem

Welcome to FACT’s blog and first post!  This is a place where we post short, informative items that we think you will find interesting.  We welcome your feedback and comments.  I plan to share my experiences and lessons learned as a first-time mom during the first amazing and stressful year of my son’s life.  I also hope to provide timely and topical articles about toxins in everyday products and lead in school drinking water.

State Rep. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) holds corroded galvanized plumbing that was removed from her Milwaukee house. Galvanized pipes, likely to be in older homes, can accumulate lead from service lines, such as the one supplying Johnson's home. Johnson operated a home day care for several years before running for public office.(Photo: Courtesy of LaTonya Johnson)

State Rep. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) holds corroded galvanized plumbing that was removed from her Milwaukee house. Galvanized pipes, likely to be in older homes, can accumulate lead from service lines, such as the one supplying Johnson's home. Johnson operated a home day care for several years before running for public office.(Photo: Courtesy of LaTonya Johnson)

So to kick off this blog I would like to share the below article about lead found in school drinking water in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  We will use this blog to highlight the very real problem of lead in school drinking water throughout the United States.  This article discusses high levels of lead in elementary and day care centers’ drinking water in Milwaukee.  An important point is that although the EPA finds that an “actionable” level of lead in water is 15 parts per billion, the American Academy of Pediatrics has repeatedly found that there is no safe levels of lead exposure.  

Failure at the Faucet: Lead in Schools, Daycare Centers, Cara Lombardo and Dee J. Hall, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, December 26, 2016   

For more information on this topic see How to Protect Children from Lead in Water.