Parents and teachers call on EPA to ensure safe drinking water at school

119 groups urge EPA to get the lead out

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Kids need water to stay healthy.

Kids need safe drinking water to stay healthy.  Yet lead contamination of schools’ drinking water is widespread.

More than 100 groups representing parents, school nurses, teachers and children’s health and environmental advocates are urging the EPA to require water utilities to replace lead-bearing fountains and install filters to remove lead at all school taps used for drinking water or cooking. We submitted this comment letter in response to the EPA’s proposed changes to the federal Lead & Copper Rule.


John Rumpler

Clean Water Director and Senior Attorney, Environment America Research & Policy Center

John directs Environment America's efforts to protect our rivers, lakes, streams and drinking water. John’s areas of expertise include lead and other toxic threats to drinking water, factory farms and agribusiness pollution, algal blooms, fracking and the federal Clean Water Act. He previously worked as a staff attorney for Alternatives for Community & Environment and Tobacco Control Resource Center. John lives in Brookline, Massachusetts, with his family, where he enjoys cooking, running, playing tennis, chess and building sandcastles on the beach.

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