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Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry Fact Sheet.

Purewaterdc.com is a site launched by concerned D.C. residents, and it includes an online petition.

U.S. EPA site with Lead in Drinking Water Notice for D.C. Residents

Read the Lead Statistics indicating numbers of homes and children affected, among other important vital data.

Read the testimony of Ronald Schwartz, National Policy Coordinator, Clean Water Action, WASA oversight hearings February 4, 2004.

What do lead, copper and plastic pipes look like?  See http://www.usinspect.com/FAQs/faqPlumbing.asp

See this model lead pipe replacement program financed through home loans:  http://www.macgrove.org/programs/home/lead.htm

See this overview of the EPA sampling protocol which states must follow: http://www.state.sd.us/denr/DES/Drinking/PDF/pbcuprotocol.pdf

See this site on the Lead and Copper Rule requirements that govern lead line replacement, corrosion control programs, reporting, record-keeping, public education and monitoring requirements. http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lcrmr/implement.html

Read EPA guidance on Lead Testing in schools and day care settings http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead/schoolanddccs.htm

The EPA advises the following when repairing or installing new plumbing...

"  When repairing or installing new plumbing in old homes, instruct, in writing, any plumber you hire to use only lead-free materials. When building a new home, be sure lead-free materials are used. Before you move into a newly built home, remove all strainers from faucets and flush the water for at least 15 minutes to remove loose solder or flux
debris from the plumbing. Occasionally, check the strainers and remove any
later accumulation of loose material."