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Some residents are not
being informed that the public copper pipes leading onto their private
property could be soldered with lead. WASA officials have been unable
to indicate what kind of material has been used to seal together the copper
pipes leading to over 100,000 homes. WASA officials in some cases have
not been explicitly offering lead in water testing kits to homeowners with
copper pipes, although such homes could have lead soldering.
Some Department of Health
officials misinformed me that boiling water would rid it of lead. That
is clearly untrue.
Kids and Lead
Of particular concern to many Washington residents is the
impact that lead poisoning can have on children under age 6, unborn children
through their pregnant mothers,and infants through formula mixtures and
According to Dr. Jerome Paulson, pediatrician, George
Washington University and the Mid Atlantic Center for Children's Health and
the Environment, in testimony before the City Council of Washington D.C on
the matter of lead in drinking water (see here), on February 4, 2004.
Lead poisoning is a public health problem (although lead from paint poses
the greatest danger).
Highlights from testimony of Dr. Paulson:
Lead is a cumulative neurotoxin in children; small amounts
build up and have the potential to cause brain damage. Children drink
more water per pound per day than adults; the absorb a larger proportion of
lead than do adults and lead has the greatest potential for dame in the
immature rain; prior to birth and in the first few year of birth Also
at risk are the offspring of pregnant women. The risk is related to
how much builds in the body The effects range from attention deficit to
language problems. The effects are irreversible. There is
disagreement about the levels that cause damage in children. See Dr.
Paulson's criteria for who should be tested.