Talking About Lead in School Drinking Water with D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office

Enjoyed a productive meeting about lead in school drinking water with D.C. government officials.

Enjoyed a productive meeting about lead in school drinking water with D.C. government officials.

I recently had the privilege to meet with staff from D.C.’s Deputy Mayor for Education’s Office and representatives from the Department of General Services and District of Columbia Public Schools.  These folks work to keep lead out of school drinking water and protect D.C. children from ingesting this toxic substance while in school.  Last year D.C. lowered its action level for lead in school drinking water from 15 parts per billion (ppb) to 1 ppb.  In so doing, the Department of General Services (DGS) was tasked to place a filter, which would filter lead out of the water, on each water source throughout the entire school district. 

DGS uses the Salesforce Water Testing Application to tag each of the over 8,400 water sources in the district with a barcode that is then inputted into the program so that a record for each water sources’ testing results and filter status is tracked.  The goal is for each water source to be tested yearly.  This was a huge undertaking that was successfully completed and is ongoing. 

D.C. continues to strive for all water sources in schools and daycare centers to be below the American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommended standard of 1 ppb for lead.  We encourage D.C. to continue its remediation and testing efforts that are crucial to keeping children safe and healthy.