WATER FOR D.C. KIDS HOME:
July 2004: City agrees to
ambitious lead pipe replacement program!!!
See D.C.'s Lead Test Results through January, compiled by the Washington
(To view, you may have to register with the Washington Post
on-line service, which is free of charge)
Blood Lead Testing by the D.C. Department of Health.
See the schedule.
Orthphosphates to be added to D.C.'s water system to mitigate
lead leaching problem
THE FULL EXTENT OF THE WATER CRISIS CONTINUES TO
WASA, the Dept of Health and EPA knew but failed
Retesting Finds Lead Levels High At D.C. Schools, Closing Down 43 Sinks
filter distribution expected by April 10th.
Lead in Soil, Dust of Children Testing with Excessive Lead Levels
Area School Districts Restrict Water Use while D.C. does the opposite
inspite of tests showing 9 schools with high lead levels
3% of D.C. Children Tested Have High Lead Levels;
more than half not in lead service line homes, have elevated levels of lead
THE NEED TO PROTECT ALL D.C.
MOTHERS AND KIDS IS CLEAR!!
Tell the Mayor to close the
public schools' drinking fountains just
as 2 other area Districts have!!
Call Rep. Tom Davis via the
Capitol switchboard at (202)225-3121.
RESIDENTS, SUPPORTERS CAN DO,
AND DO MAKE A
Read about the new proposal to pay for D.C. residents' replacement of
private lead pipes
Please Act Now and
Send an Email
to Urge Clean Water Solutions for All D.C. Kids!
Items of interest:
See Where You Can Buy Private Water Testing Kits
Thurs. March 4:
Blood and Water: The Long Search for the Source of A Baby's Lead
City promises filters for daycare centers and some homes; See the
EPA Action Plan
News Feb. 26
lead levels found in water at 9 D.C. schools
Pregnant Women and Children Under 6 in lead-line serviced households should
not drink unfiltered tap water!
Water for D.C. Kids.org is an entirely volunteer-organized effort run by
parents of preschool aged children. This initiative is bringing
together information and solutions of parents and caregivers to
safeguard the health of infants, pregnant women, and children of the
D.C. community. We are working for: expedited lead line
replacement; clear mapping of lead affected areas; testing of all
D.C. schools, libraries, recreation centers, and child care facilities;
taxpayer rebates and free safe-water products for the indigent;
financial assistance for private lead pipes, plumbing replacement; public outreach, full
disclosure, including clear maps of affected areas!! Agree
with all of these ideas or just a few? Add yours to our own
and send an email now to the D.C.
Council, who oversee the D.C. Water Authority!!
WASA avoided lead line replacement.
scheduled lead line replacement and
provides lead service maps.
High Lead Levels Hurt Developing Children.
Water samples drawn from some 4,000 D.C. residences last summer exceed the lead limit of 15 ppb, an actionable
established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
Reports indicate that D.C. Water and Sewer Authority has been aware of the
problem of elevated lead levels since at least 2002. The number of
residents, particularly children, affected by lead levels is unknown as is
the cause of the contamination problem. As officials seek answers,
parents and caregivers want clean water alternatives now for D.C.'s
February 26 and March 2 Community Meetings with WASA
and DOH 6:30-8:30 p.m.
BACKGROUND: One theory to explain the lead problem is that contaminants have formed a scale in
public lead lines, and have corroded lead pipes, causing the lead to leach into the water and
lead levels to spike. The corrosion
may have occurred as a result of the use of a new chemical that WASA has been
using to treat the water, whose source -- the Potomac River, has long been
criticized as undesirable by environmental experts and advocates.
There are some 23,000 water service lines for residential customers that are made of lead, out of 130,000 in total.
Public lead lines principally service older single-family homes. What
must the city now do about lead lines? The EPA requires a
replacement of the pipes at a rate of 7 percent annually, at an estimated cost of $10
million annually. (Source:
Washington Post, Water in D.C. Exceeds EPA Lead Limit Saturday January 31,
Kids and Lead: While
the Jury Is Out, Kids Need Clean Water Alternatives!
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 breast milk.
In February 4, 2004 D.C. Council oversight hearings, Dr. Jerome Paulson,
a Washington-based pediatrician who co-directs the Mid Atlantic Center for
Children's Health and the Environment, lead poisoning is a public health
problem -- with poisoning from lead paint posing the greatest danger to
Here are useful highlights from the
testimony of Dr. Paulson, who is an expert on effects of lead in kids:
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. Dr. Paulson has
recommended criteria for testing. (See Source, Dr. Jerome Paulson,
Lead in Water in District of Columbia