November 7, 2018

The president recently signed into law a bill that includes items of interest to drinking water advocates. S. 3021, America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 (AWIA) is the 2018 authorization for the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). AWIA, passed in the Senate by a 99-1 vote, was sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and developed by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

As POLITICO wrote on October 11, 2018, “It's arguably the biggest infrastructure accomplishment in the first two years of the Trump administration … It also reauthorizes the Safe Drinking Water Act for the first time in two decades and includes a new requirement that smaller communities monitor their water for emerging contaminants.”

The bill’s budget authorizations and amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act include:

VOLUNTARY SCHOOL AND CHILD CARE PROGRAM LEAD TESTING GRANT PROGRAM ENHANCEMENT Section 2006

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June 25, 2018

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) worked with 11 child care facilities in four states (IL, MI, MS, OH) in a pilot that went in-depth on methods to test for and to remediate elevated lead levels in water in these settings. The report includes a clear description of the concerns and considerations surrounding lead exposure in child care facilities, as well as remediation techniques. Click to read the full report, “Putting children first: Tackling lead in water at child care facilities."

EDF used an action level of 3.8 ppb, consistent with their earlier work examining health-based standards for lead in drinking water. They tested over 1,500 water samples through analysis by a certified lab, including before and after remediation techniques. They also evaluated two portable testing meters.

Key Results

  • More than three out of four water samples had lead levels below 1 ppb. However, seven of 11 child care facilities had at least one drinking water fixture sample above their action le...

May 31, 2018

Water: it’s great for physical, oral and cognitive health. The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) beverage requirements support this healthy habit. This 30 Day Water Challenge is designed to support child care providers in meeting those requirements.

As of October 2017, CACFP-program providers must go beyond simply making water available and must also proactively offer drinking water. For more information about the requirements, click to read the 2016 memo from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. Monitoring for this requirement starts Oct. 1, 2018.

To promote the importance of drinking water, try these simple activities--one for every day of the week. The National CACFP Take Action Challenge for drinking water officially starts June 4, 2018 but you can use these ideas any time.

How many can you do? Share pictures of your favorite activities with us!

The challenge was created by Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Reso...

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