Tell the EPA: Get lead out of our drinking water
We, the undersigned, urge the EPA to order water utilities to fully replace all lead service lines within ten years -- a goal explicitly set by President Biden. These toxic pipes are the single largest source of lead contamination in the 9 million homes and other buildings that still have them.
Lead is particularly harmful to our kids. Therefore, at least for those schools governed by federal drinking water rules, the EPA should require water stations with filters to remove lead, and filters on all other taps used for cooking and drinking. The EPA should limit lead in schools' water to 1 part per billion, the level recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
At even low levels of exposure, lead poses a serious health risk, especially to our children. We urge the EPA to enact these strong protections as soon as possible, and no later than the end of this year.