Wednesday, June 02, 2004


"Lead Free Drinking Water Act"

American Water Works Association Comments on introduction of "Lead Free Drinking Water Act"

Source: American Water Works Association

Denver, CO -- Today, Tuesday, May 4, Sen. James Jeffords (I-VT) introduced legislation designed to enhance the frequency with which water utilities across the country test for high levels of lead and perhaps revise the national standard for lead in drinking water. Below are comments from AWWA Executive Director Jack Hoffbuhr.
The American Water Works Association and its member utilities are committed to protecting public health through the provision of safe drinking water and support regulation that furthers that goal.

The Lead and Copper Rule established in 1991 has been largely effective in limiting lead exposure at consumer taps. Based on available data, AWWA agrees with U.S. EPA that the elevated lead levels experienced in Washington D.C. are not common nationwide. However, water utilities are learning from the Washington D.C. situation and examining their own corrosion control and public communication programs.

Lead in drinking water almost never comes from the treatment plant or water mains. It usually comes from lead service lines, home plumbing or home fixtures, as water corrodes lead materials and solders over a period of time. Therefore, the best way to prevent lead contamination throughout a community is through an effective corrosion control program.

Any adjustment to the Lead and Copper Rule should be made based upon facts and the very best science available. AWWA will work closely with EPA and other agencies to ensure that America drinking water supply continues to be among the safest drinking water in the world.”

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the drinking water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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