In association with school districts across the country, Tap Water Watch is developing a registry and database that will publish lead in school drinking water information.
This database will provide the public with vital information regarding their schools drinking water quality including:
- If the school has tested for lead
- Whether or not the school’s results showed lead present >1 ppb
- Whether or not the school’s results showed lead exceedances >15 ppb
- The date that the school was tested last
Understandably, this information is highly sought after by parents sending their kids to school knowing that it is a safe, lead free environment.
The CDC estimates that over 4 million children live in households with lead and over 500,000 children 1-5 with elevated lead levels in their blood. This is with only a fraction of the children being tested each year.
Even low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, ability to pay attention, and academic achievement. The effects of lead exposure cannot be corrected.
Many schools were built before 1986, when the EPA put a partial ban on using lead in service lines, plumbing and fixtures. Not until 2014, did they drop the acceptable levels to negligible amounts.
It is our responsibility as a society to fight this lead epidemic and work together to keep our children lead-free and safe in their living and learning environments.