We are starting a new blog series called "Talking About Lead in School Drinking Water" where we will highlight meetings with community leaders who are involved in this issue and trying to make a positive difference. I had the pleasure of meeting Councilmember Charles Allen of Ward 6 and his staff to talk about D.C.'s actions to combat lead in school drinking water. CM Allen is very knowledgable on this issue and wants to see D.C. take a proactive stand against lead in school drinking water.
Last year D.C. dropped its action level from the EPA's 15 ppb (parts per billion) to the American Academy of Pediatric's recommended 1 ppb level. D.C. is the first city in the country to take such an aggressive policy against lead in school drinking water. CM Allen supports this policy and would like to see it successfully implemented. He is not only concerned for his constituents but is also a concerned parent of school-aged children who attend D.C. schools. FACT applauds CM Allen and his staff for their diligence and support in protecting D.C. children from lead exposure.