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How States are Handling Lead in School Drinking Water, Examining New Research - Shared screen with speaker view
Joseph Hedger
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
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
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)
Thank you, Thomas! That's great to hear. We're glad to have you in attendance today.
Christina Hecht
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
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
Register for NASBE's next webinar here: https://www.nasbe.org/event/helping-schools-take-action-on-climate-change/
Christina Hecht
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
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
John Rumpler
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
Thank you, Jocelyn!!
NASBE Moderator
Resource shared on EPA's data tracking tool - https://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/single-post/epa-adds-new-interactive-data-tracking-tool
NASBE Moderator
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
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
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
Here are resources on reopening building plumbing. Thank you for bringing this up. https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/349331.pdf
Cori Ice
I apologize but when registering I entered my email address incorrectly. My correct email address is: Cori.M.Ice@wv.gov.
Joseph Hedger
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
USDA highlighted these recommendations in https://www.fns.usda.gov/ofs/back-school-water-safety
John Rumpler
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
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
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
Thanks, all, for your questions coming in. We'll be getting to them soon!
Christina Hecht
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
ESSER funds can be utilized for facility repairs and improvements including installment of bottle filling stations and enhancement of plumbing infrastructure.
John Rumpler
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)
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
On federal $$ opportunities, please check out our recent policy update as well - https://www.nasbe.org/using-federal-funds-to-remediate-lead/
Daima Machangu
Thank you Caroline.
Christina Hecht
Use the Purdue Center for Plumbing Safety website and these resources we vetted, https://ucanr.edu/sites/NewNutritionPolicyInstitute/files/349331.pdf
Caroline Pakenham
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
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
NASBE Moderator
And guidance from CDC here on flushing: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/water/legionella/building-water-system.html
morri markowitz
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
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
Thanks for this excellent webinar!
NASBE Moderator
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
One more link! Chicago flushing device: https://www.drinkingwateralliance.org/single-post/2018/01/16/Chicago-Public-Schools-Invent-New-Water-Quality-Device