February 4, 2020

First established in 1991, the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) was developed to control the contaminants in drinking water by requiring water utilities to test tap water for lead and use corrosion control to prevent leaching of lead into water. However, it had substantial shortcomings, and the agency began the lengthy process to propose long-term revisions to overhaul the rule in 2010.

Last October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its proposed revisions to the LCR and is accepting public comment until February 12, 2020.

Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has launched a series of blogs assessing the revisions and recommending improvements:

Overview: "Despite its flaws, states and communities should get ahead of the curve on EPA’s proposed lead in drinking water rule" (Dec. 10). Provides an overview of key strengths and weaknesses in the proposal and highlights opportunities for proactive action by states and communities.

Lead Service Lines: "EDF asks EPA to strengthen k...

October 11, 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its proposed new Lead and Copper Rule for a 60-day public comment period. 

EPA says, “The proposed rule will identify the most at-risk communities and ensure systems have plans in place to rapidly respond by taking actions to reduce elevated levels of lead in drinking water.”

The proposed rule is published in the Federal Register. Click here to read the proposed rule or to submit a comment. Comment period is scheduled to close on January 13, 2020.

  • EPA proposes to reduce partial lead service line replacements by requiring that all water systems with lead service lines must, subject to certain conditions, “replace the system-owned portion of the [service line] when a customer replaces their portion of the [line]” and must also follow up with practices to mitigate temporary elevations in lead after service line replacement

  • EPA proposes a new 10 ppb “trigger level” for lead in tap water, “a flexible provision designed t...

October 7, 2019

Despite many advancements in the field of children’s environmental health over the past few decades, today’s children face an epidemic of chronic disease and developmental disabilities, most of which are linked to environmental exposures and our changing climate. There remains an urgent need to put children and families back into the forefront of our nation’s decisions regarding health and environment.

October 10, 2019 marks the 4th annual Children’s Environmental Health Day. Led by the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), it is an opportunity to raise awareness of children’s health issues, celebrate successes in the field, share exciting new initiatives, discuss new challenges and assess the road ahead.

Listed below are opportunities to take action on this special day: 

Drinking Water Safety Awareness: You can help raise awareness about tap water safety, and provide accessible and actionable information on what to do, with the Alliance’s fact sheet, Drinking Water Saf...

July 1, 2019

Developing healthy beverage habits early in childhood is key—but too many young children routinely consume sugary drinks, and a sizable minority consume no water at all. Luckily, the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans is currently under development and will provide advocates and researchers the opportunity to comment for the very first time on standards for children aged 0-24 months.

Just in time, a newly released policy brief, Infant and Toddler Beverage Recommendations for the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, from the Nutrition Policy Institute, dives deep into what young children are drinking today, as well as what they should be drinking and how that information should influence the next edition of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Researchers agree: sugar-sweetened beverages have no place in young children’s diets and the new Dietary Guidelines provide a critical opportunity for America to get its beverage guidance for young children right....

May 7, 2019

May 5th through 11th is National Drinking Water Week (NDWW), a once a year opportunity to educate the public, connect the community and promote drinking water at the places we live, work and play.

Here are some NDWW highlights from around the world of drinking water:

  • The Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation brought their Water First Trailer to the annual Gathering of Nations Powwow, educating and providing thousands of powwow-goers with a healthy alternative to soda and other sugary beverages. They served a variety of infused waters and indigenous teas. See more here on the NB3 Foundation’s Facebook page.

  • Brush up on the basics with Community Water Center’s Frequently Asked Questions page. Providing clear information in Spanish and English, this resource helps consumers learn about where their water comes from and how to get information on water quality.

  • The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced $87 million in new funding to assist states,...

April 2, 2019

More than 50 organizations and agencies across the country – including the National Drinking Water Alliance - are celebrating National Healthy Schools Day today. National Healthy Schools Day recognizes the work being done by organizations across the United States to ensure a healthy school for every child.

Decades of studies show that children, especially the youngest and those with pre-existing health or learning issues, are adversely impacted by decayed learning environments in both schools and childcare facilities. Easy access to safe and appealing drinking water is an important feature of a healthy school.

What can you do?

Check-out some essential school drinking water safety resources:

  • A recent report from the Harvard T.H .Chan School of Public Health and the UC Nutrition Policy Institute on state approaches to testing school drinking water for lead

  • Our water safety map, which details media reports of tap water contamination. Know of an incident that’s not on the map...

March 22, 2019

The process to develop the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) reflects changes intended to bring greater transparency and offer additional avenues for public input.

On March 28 and 29, 2019, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold the first of five 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee meetings that are open to the public. The meeting will feature deliberations by its 20 members, all experts in their fields. They will review scientific evidence on specific nutrition- and health-related topics and scientific questions that, for the first time, reflect both public comments and federal agency input.

Furthermore, an ongoing public comment period opened on March 12 and will remain open throughout the DGA development process. The public and all stakeholders are encouraged to provide comments to the Committee on topics and supporting questions that will yield new 2020 Guidelines.

In this round of DGA develo...