This report describes the features of statewide initiatives in operation between January 1, 2016 and February 28, 2018 in 24 states and the District of Columbia to conduct testing for lead in school drinking water, and the prevalence of elevated lead concentrations in tap water in public schools based on available data.
There are neighborhoods in the Bay Area that have higher rates of childhood lead poisoning than Flint, Michigan — where a recent lead-poisoning crisis made national news. To learn more about this ongoing public-health crisis, KALW News environment and health reporters Angela Johnston and Marissa Ortega-Welch spent more than a year sifting data, conducting interviews, chasing down public records, and going into the field. The Western State’s PEHSU’s Dr. Timur Durrani consulted on this series.
In this video, Bruce Lanphear describes how we failed to prevent the pandemic of lead poisoning and its associated costs to human health.
This report proposes goals for reducing lead exposures in these settings, and calls for putting children first, through finding and eliminating lead before, not after, it harms children. Cleaning up these large-group settings offers great potential to prevent lead risks for significant numbers of children.
The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health created four 5-minute animated videos, aimed at education about, and prevention of, lead poisoning:
The Story of Lead in English and The Story of Lead in Spanish
The Mysterious Case of Lead in English and The Mysterious Case of Lead in Spanish.