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Free bottled water, filters for poor women, infants and children; rebates for taxpayers; expedited lead line replacement

full disclosure, mapping of lead affected areas, comprehensive testing of city schools, recreations centers, libraries,

and licensed child care facilities, public outreach and education, particularly among hard-to-reach populations

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This issue is of pressing importance to us as parents.  I am a life-long resident and native of Washington, D.C.; my husband, a 9 year resident and native of Great Britain.  We are the parents of two young children -- ages 3 and 5 -- and looking forward to another child in the near future.  As a mother, I immediately took steps to mitigate my family's exposure to lead:  switching to bottled water, exploring blood-lead testing for myself and my children, as well as researching bottled water service (please remember the importance of fluoride to infants and young children).

But as a mother who belongs to several communities of mothers -- lawyers, at home mothers, mothers of color, mothers of modest upbringings, I can not help but think about the other moms, their unborn children, infants and preschool age children. In particular, I have been haunted by the lack of options that moms without means have with respect to alternatives to tap water.  I shudder to think about formula mixing with lead contaminated water.  In February 4th testimony, a local expert on effects of lead on children and pediatrician, indicated that infants should not be fed infant formula mixed with suspect tap water.   I can not help but think about the risk of brain damage to which indigent babies have been exposed. 

I want to do all that I can to prevent further harm to other moms' children.  My reason for attending law school, working as a public interest lawyer, and becoming a stay-at-home mom, was for the sake of children -- my own and others.

I humbly offer my spare time over to the end of protecting the welfare of our children here in D.C., as their fate, especially in this matter, is intimately intertwined with that of my own.

For information about my professional credentials and those of my husband, who powers the website, you may visit here.