DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds

The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

D.C. Water isn’t doing all that could be done to reduce lead levels in the District’s drinking water, according to an audit by the city’s Office of Inspector General.

While “The District has made considerable improvements since 2001 when the District suffered a crisis of elevated lead levels in the drinking water,” the audit found D.C. Water’s records indicate 79% of the water service lines on customers’ property are made of unknown material.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Environmental Protection Agency agree there is no safe level of lead in a child’s blood. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children and pregnant women.

Even though the EPA has set the maximum contaminant level goal for lead in drinking water at zero, it established the Lead and Copper Rule, which requires water utilities monitor the effectiveness of corrosion control to detect whether the levels of lead in drinking water are at or below 15 parts per billion. If they exceed 15 ppb, action must be taken to comply with the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act.

The District’s drinking water is supplied by […]

More about communities with lead contamination in public water supplies:

At least 2% of US public water systems are like Flint’s – Americans just don’t hear about them

Data Shows San Diego Officials Misled the Public on Potential Source of Lead in Water

Kids Risk Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water in Schools

Lead-Tainted Water In Schools: Connecticut Gets Failing Grade

Michigan’s Lead in Drinking Water Protections Under Attack

New Mexico: New administration opens up on lead data

Toxic legacy: Wash U researchers look for ways to keep lead out of drinking water

Duke Study: Rivers Contaminated With Radium and Lead From Thousands of Fracking Wastewater Spills

In Echo of Flint, Lead Water Crisis Now Hits Newark, New Jersey

What new EPA lead regulations mean for local drinking water protection

New York governor signs law mandating lead testing in schools

Hillsborough School District found lead in its water, didn’t tell parents for a year.

Brain-damaging lead in tap water, hundreds of homes across Chicago

What Nashville’s Metro Schools Isn’t Telling You About Lead In Water

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Requiring California Water Districts to Test School Water for Lead

Summary
DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds
Article Name
DC drinking water needs more monitoring for lead, audit finds
Description
Washington DC has improved since a 2001 crisis of elevated lead in drinking water, but 79% of customer service lines still are made of unknown material.
Author
Publisher Name
WTOP
Publisher Logo

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *