Grading the Nation: State disclosure policies for lead pipes

In the newly released report “Grading the nation: State disclosure policies for lead pipes,” the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) calls out the importance of determining whether homes have lead service lines. EDF analyzed and graded housing disclosure policies across the nation and found that only three states specifically require sellers to inform buyers if the property has lead pipes. EDF advocates for greater transparency in real estate transactions, so that homebuyers know whether their potential home has a lead service line. In an online post, “California requires replacement of all lead service lines – but vigilance needed on implementation” (Jan. 19), EDF highlights 2016 legislation m

Towards a Much-needed Health-based Benchmark for Lead in Drinking Water

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is engaged in a process to derive a new, health-based benchmark for lead in drinking water. EPA’s draft report on approaches to develop such a benchmark is in a public comment period (ends April 5, 2017). Currently, through the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), EPA sets an action level for lead that essentially signifies a lead level at which water systems must undertake corrosion control actions. The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in response to EPA’s draft report, has posted an excellent series of articles with clear explanations of the factors and considerations that underlie an understanding of lead exposure hazards: “With draft report, EPA takes m

New CACFP Regs Say Offer Water to Children

Since 2011, child care centers and day care homes participating in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) have been required by law to make potable (safe) drinking water available to children throughout the day, when they ask for it. What a victory! And now there’s even better news: starting October 1, 2017, the centers and homes must also offer water to children at different times during the day. A 2016 memo from the USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) expanded the “make available” requirements to “make available and offer,” to reach those very young children who can’t ask for water, or may not know how to ask for it. What this Means: Offer water using visual cues such as a cup o

Solutions for Protecting Children From Lead in Water

Exposure to lead from drinking water is not common, but it occasionally can have serious health consequences. Young children and infants are particularly vulnerable to lead because the physical and behavioral effects of lead occur at lower exposure levels in children than in adults. Many children in the U.S. are exposed via multiple sources, including through their drinking water. In some cases lead-contaminated drinking water may be a result of a home or building’s internal plumbing fixtures, but there are also many communities across the country that are serviced by their water supplier via lead service lines. An estimated 11,200 community water systems across the U.S. have lead service li

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