Flint Schools Overwhelmed by Special Education Needs After Lead Crisis

Photo: more special education students in Flint after lead exposure

Parent advocate Maxine Onstott, shown cuddling with her son Maximilliano, 6, said many families are having a hard time getting help for their children’s disabilities in the wake of the water crisis.
—Brittany Greeson for Education Week

Flint, Mich.

Years after reports surfaced of alarmingly high lead levels in the water system, the toll of the crisis is becoming clear: At least 1 in 5 students in Flint’s public schools … [more…]

As Newark Deals With Water Crisis, Another Look at Lead Levels in Chicago

As Newark Deals With Water Crisis, Another Look at Lead Levels in Chicago

Elevated lead levels in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, have made national news, causing growing concern over water safety in Chicago.

Mayor Lightfoot has suspended the city’s water meter installation program after samples showed higher lead levels in homes where a water meter had been recently added. Research has shown that lead levels can increase for many months, even years, if water service lines are impacted by road construction … [more…]

Lead crisis in Newark leads to distribution of bottled water…

Lead crisis in Newark leads to distribution of bottled water, after filters fail to safeguard homes with old pipes

…after filters fail to safeguard homes with old pipes

Responding to reports that filters are not protecting residents from elevated lead levels in their drinking water, Newark officials on Sunday said they will distribute bottled water to households with old lead pipes after federal officials urged the city to take action “as soon as possible.”

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its recommendation to Newark in a letter Friday, in … [more…]

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

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

More than five years after Flint’s water crisis first hit the news, the city has successfully lowered the lead levels in its water.

The most recently available testing , from the second half of 2018, puts the lead in Flint’s water at 4 parts per billion. That’s well below the level, 15 ppb, that the federal government currently regards as dangerous for public health.

No amount of lead in water … [more…]

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

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

Photo by Will Huntsberry

The city isn’t sure what 192,000 of its water lines are made of. No other major California cities have such a massive gap in recordkeeping – one that could cost the city between $192 million and $960 million if it doesn’t take drastic steps to account for the make of those lines in the next 18 months.

Over the past two years, amid growing worry about … [more…]