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Contact: Wes Bleed
Water Quality Association
E-mail: wbleed@wqa.org
Office Telephone: (630) 505-1675

WQA reminds schools to test for lead in drinking water

Resources and options available to treat water and keep children safe

LISLE, Illinois – The Water Quality Association today reminded school districts to take steps to test for lead in their drinking water to keep children safe as they head back to school this fall. Studies indicate lead is an ongoing concern for many school districts across the country because of corrosion from aging infrastructure.

"We applaud the Chicago Public Schools and Philadelphia School District, among others, for testing their schools' drinking water," said WQA Deputy Executive Director Pauli Undesser. "District of Columbia Schools are testing each water fountain at each school building, which goes beyond Federal mandates."

The lead crisis in Flint, MI, earlier this year brought nationwide attention to the lead issue in public water supplies. Reduced cognitive development and neurobehavioral deficits are associated with blood levels less than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (ug/dL) in children. In effect, there is no safe blood lead level in children. (More information on lead is available here at the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) website.)

"Nearly all the lead in users' tap water is the result of materials in older pipes and fixtures containing lead coming in contact with water after it leaves the treatment plant," Undesser said. "As long as concerns about lead in drinking water persist, we're reminding authorities and the general public to take the appropriate steps to safeguard children and residents."

Selection of a particular device or system for health contaminant reduction should be made only after careful investigation of its performance capabilities based on test results. Water treatment professionals and certified water treatment products can be found on the WQA website at WQA.org. Products displaying WQA's Gold Seal have been thoroughly tested and meet the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for their contaminant reduction claims.

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal certification program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

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