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How States are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water, Examining New Research - Shared screen with speaker view
Joseph Hedger
23:56
Find the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s 2018 research on lead testing in school drinking water: https://www.gao.gov/products/gao-18-382
Joseph Hedger
24:15
Read NASBE’s new report on How States Are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water: https://www.nasbe.org/how-states-are-handling-lead-in-school-drinking-water/
Thomas Dang
25:39
American Public Health Assocation’s Center for School, Health and Education is in attendance and live-tweeting this awesome webinar at twitter.com/StopDropOut!
Megan Blanco (NASBE)
26:13
Thank you, Thomas! That's great to hear. We're glad to have you in attendance today.
Christina Hecht
31:46
I’m honored you were able to use our research in writing your excellent new report. Here is a comment Dr. Cradock and I submitted to EPA in recent comment period on revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, at https://www.regulations.gov/comment/EPA-HQ-OW-2021-0255-0058 . Please contact me at ceahecht@ucanr.edu if I can be helpful and check resources for school drinking water safety at drinkingwateralliance.org Our Alliance is also recommending actions through CNR. Happy to send you our letters to House and Senate committees. Thanks!
Joseph Hedger
33:30
Learn more about the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s robust suite of resources for Training, Testing, and Taking Action (3Ts) to prepare schools, child care facilities, and states to build a voluntary implementation program to reduce lead levels in drinking water: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/3ts-reducing-lead-drinking-water
Joseph Hedger
38:52
Register for NASBE's next webinar here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/helping-schools-take-action-on-climate-change/
Christina Hecht
39:02
Please encourage use of EPA’s new data tracking tool, see this blurb, https://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/single-post/epa-adds-new-interactive-data-tracking-tool This will help us develop a national data base.
Jocelyn Walters-Brannon
39:07
If there are any state board members or leaders from South Carolina on the call, your point of contact for support is Jocelyn Walters-Brannon, Public Participation Coordinator for DHEC Bureau of Water. She manages the Public Communications for the WIIN program. walterjy@dhec.sc.gov 803.722.0143
NASBE Moderator
40:18
Thanks!
John Rumpler
40:34
Can panelists discuss schools taking a prevention approach at every tap used for cooking and drinking, rather than just testing and remediating? Lead testing is highly variable, and most schools have plumbing and fixtures made with lead.
Joseph Hedger
41:00
Thank you, Jocelyn!!
NASBE Moderator
42:44
Resource shared on EPA's data tracking tool - https://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/single-post/epa-adds-new-interactive-data-tracking-tool
NASBE Moderator
43:20
And learn more about the EPA’s robust suite of resources for Training, Testing, and Taking Action to prepare schools, child care facilities, and states to build a voluntary implementation program to reduce lead levels in drinking water: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/3ts-reducing-lead-drinking-water
John Rumpler
45:39
Factsheet outlining the benefit of schools taking a "filter first" approach to lead in water, rather than more and more testing before taking action to prevent contamination. https://www.ecocenter.org/sites/default/files/toxics/FF_cost%20est_6.9.21.pdf
Christina Hecht
46:22
Pamela! Thanks for talking about trust. Everything you said is true, and there’s another reason why trust is important: drinking water instead of sugary drinks is a public health priority because there are so many health risks associated with consumption of sugary drinks.
Christina Hecht
47:56
Here are resources on reopening building plumbing. Thank you for bringing this up. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/349331.pdf
Cori Ice
48:13
I apologize but when registering I entered my email address incorrectly. My correct email address is: Cori.M.Ice@wv.gov.
Joseph Hedger
48:23
Here’s a State Board Insight analysis detailing how states are ramping up lead testing and water flushing in schools due to prolonged school closures: https://stateboardinsight.nasbe.org/states-ramp-up-lead-testing-and-water-flushing-in-schools/
Christina Hecht
48:34
USDA highlighted these recommendations in https://www.fns.usda.gov/ofs/back-school-water-safety
John Rumpler
49:02
Environment America's Get the Lead Out assessment of state policies on lead in schools' drinking water: https://environmentamerica.org/feature/ame/get-lead-out-0
Christina Hecht
52:26
A note of caution on filtration. Though it is an effective strategy when contaminant levels demand it, its costs should be considered (expense, storage, timely replacement and safe disposal).
Rebecca Ward
56:34
Apologies if this was already stated. Is there a sign on letter being circulated that you can link to? Or current legislation that you are asking organizations to support?
NASBE Moderator
57:22
Thanks, all, for your questions coming in. We'll be getting to them soon!
Christina Hecht
58:01
Chicago Public Schools has done a terrific job, including their study of remediation methods and decision to use flushing - highly effective with their automated flushing device.
Christina Hecht
01:01:31
ESSER funds can be utilized for facility repairs and improvements including installment of bottle filling stations and enhancement of plumbing infrastructure.
John Rumpler
01:03:47
There is an unprecedented array of funding sources available to schools to stop lead contamination. It would take a tiny fraction of the $122 billion in ESSER funds to install filtered water stations for all schools at a rate of 1 per 100 students. WINN, the bipartisan infrastructure bill, and the reconciliation package all have more funding for schools as well.
Megan Blanco (NASBE)
01:04:51
Here's another great resource from the Congressional Research Service highlighting some federal funding streams for this work: https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/IF/IF11911
NASBE Moderator
01:08:05
On federal $$ opportunities, please check out our recent policy update as well - https://www.nasbe.org/using-federal-funds-to-remediate-lead/
Daima Machangu
01:09:39
Thank you Caroline.
Christina Hecht
01:10:50
Use the Purdue Center for Plumbing Safety website and these resources we vetted, https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/349331.pdf
Caroline Pakenham
01:11:04
Here's Michigan's page with flushing guidance: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-474608--,00.html#:~:text=Free%3A%20Lead%20Testing%20in%20Schools,schools%20and%20child%20care%20facilities.
NASBE Moderator
01:11:52
Here's Michigan's page with flushing guidance: https://www.michigan.gov/egle/0,9429,7-135-3313_3675_3691-474608--,00.html#:~:text=Free%3A%20Lead%20Testing%20in%20Schools,schools%20and%20child%20care%20facilities
Caroline Pakenham
01:11:54
https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/water/legionella/building-water-system.html
NASBE Moderator
01:12:25
And guidance from CDC here on flushing: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/water/legionella/building-water-system.html
morri markowitz
01:12:36
This question is about consequences to people in the buildings that have lead in the water i.e., does it affect the kids or staff, does it result in elevated blood lead levels?
Christina Hecht
01:13:11
Resource for school drinking water safety, access and promotion, developed in tandem with CDC educational modules, https://9c073bb6-f7ef-48b6-ad05-b37094ec4e4f.usrfiles.com/ugd/9c073b_1e37b4417e7641abb4da3473e0b0154d.pdf and https://www.cdc.gov/healthyschools/npao/water_access_videos.htm
Christina Hecht
01:16:11
Thanks for this excellent webinar!
NASBE Moderator
01:16:40
Thank you all for your participation in today's webinar and insightful questions. We will send follow up resource links and a recording to this webinar, but please feel free to reach out to NASBE's Megan Blanco (megan.blanco@nasbe.org) with specific questions! Thanks so much!
Christina Hecht
01:18:20
One more link! Chicago flushing device: https://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/single-post/2018/01/16/Chicago-Public-Schools-Invent-New-Water-Quality-Device