EPA Administrator Michael Regan,
Thank you for proposing a 10-year deadline for water utilities to replace lead service lines. Replacing these toxic pipes is a crucial step for protecting the public’s drinking water generally.
However, I also urge you to do more to stop lead from contaminating our kids’ water at school. For most schools, lead in water comes from plumbing, fountains or faucets inside the school building.
That’s why the EPA’s Lead & Copper Rule Improvements should require federally regulated schools to replace fountains with water stations and put filters on all taps used for cooking or drinking. The EPA should also limit lead in schools’ water to 1 part per billion, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. And lastly, the EPA should work with state and local officials to encourage all other schools to adopt such measures.
You have a historic opportunity to ensure safer drinking water for America. Please go the extra mile to get the lead out.