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Analysis: 2M Americans are Exposed to Lead-Contaminated Water

A glass of contaminated waterMore than 1,100 communities in 45 states have water systems contaminated with lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) action level, according to an analysis.

The EPA’s action level refers to utilities that must take action once there is more than 10% of lead in the water supply. The analysis based its findings from tests through the end of last year conducted by water utilities, which cater to almost 1.8 million Americans.

Contaminated water

Based on the EPA’s 1991 Lead and Copper Rule, water utilities need to fix issues on pipeline systems such as corrosion when the presence of lead is already above the allowable limit. However, some states have relied on their own rules to improve the quality of tap water.

California, for instance, has suggested that tap water should contain 0.2 ppb of lead as the ideal benchmark for safety. The state’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment has set this goal since 2009. Recently, the EPA awarded more than $170 million to the state for its water and wastewater infrastructure projects.

Public and private sector’s actions

Utilities have an important role in maintaining safe drinking water sources. For instance, a water clarifier is part of an effective treatment system for wastewater and potable water systems, notes Ashton Tucker Water Treatment. Households should be aware of certain steps to prevent children and themselves from drinking lead-contaminated water.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that you should only use cold water for cooking to reduce the chances of lead ingestion. If a water filter is no longer enough to remove lead from your tap water, you should consider replacing the pipes within your residential plumbing system.

The public and private sector are equally responsible for ensuring a safe supply of drinking water. What do you think should be done to prevent lead contamination?

March 16, 2018 at 1:14 pmStraight Study