Monday August 7, 2017
I do not believe that Pennsylvania is doing everything that it should to protect our children from lead-contaminated water. Recent studies have shown that several cities across Pennsylvania have schools and homes with high levels of lead contamination, and Reading was among them. For decades, it has been common knowledge that high levels of lead can cause severe health issues. However, every few years the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowers the amount of lead contamination that it agrees to be safe for our children, recently saying that no level of lead is safe.
Our leaders and schools have promised to keep our children safe, yet it is often in schools where children are drinking contaminated water. Due to this, they may suffer from irreversible symptoms, including impaired hearing, lowering of IQs and nervous system damage. As the mother of a child in a public school district, it outrages me that I cannot feel he is safe drinking water at his school.
Proper precautions must be set into action. All lead service lines and lead-bearing parts must be completely removed from our schools, and in the meantime, filters that are certified to remove lead from the water need to be installed. I plead with readers to contact their local leaders and school boards and demand that our children have clean drinking water.
Pennsylvania must address lead in water