Knowing how damaging exposure to lead can be for developing children, California has recently enacted legislation to test for lead in the water supplies for day care centers and preschools. This comes on the heels of a new law requiring testing in K-12 schools. The schools have until 2020 to begin testing. Meanwhile, the State is deliberating how much lead in water is safe. Currently, the allowable level is 15 parts per billion. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that anything over 1 part per billion is dangerous.
According to EdSource, California is one of eight states to currently require testing at day care centers and one of seven states to require testing at schools. Illinois and New Jersey are the only other states to require testing at both.
How does lead get into drinking water? The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says lead can enter drinking water “when service pipes that contain lead corrode, especially where the water has high acidity or low mineral content. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water.” The EPA says that homes and buildings built before 1986 are the most likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
Children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, claim both the EPA and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). On its website, the EPA states “there is no known safe level of lead in a child’s blood. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children.” Even low levels of exposure to lead amongst children have been linked to damage in the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter stature, impaired hearing, and impaired formation and function of blood cells.
While it’s encouraging that states are stepping up to protect the safety of water for children, the legislative process is lengthy and often impacted by financial considerations. While children in California wait for more than a year to find out if the water at their schools and day cares is safe- and may be subject to a lead level that the EPA and CDC agree is harmful- it is impossible to know how many young lives have been affected by exposure to lead.
At King Water Filtration, we believe in taking the safety of your water into your own hands. While municipalities are doing their best to provide safe drinking water, it’s impossible to know everything about the water supply. Investing in a home filtration system ensures delivery of safe water from every faucet in the home. You can use that source to fill your safe, non-plastic water bottles for drinking throughout the day. Water is the essence of life. Protect yourself, your family, and your pets with drinking water that you know is good for you.