Lead in Tap Water – Missouri lawmakers along with the House and Senate have approved school water testing to test tap water for lead. This filtered drinking water is aim to prevent lead poisoning. This means that the State of Missouri officially requires administrators to meet standards stricter than federal regulations.
Most states, like Missouri, provide funds through federal grants that allow schools to test their water. But Missouri would be unique among some of its Midwestern peers in requiring schools to take action.
The state’s budget, approved by lawmakers Friday and sent to the governor, includes $27 million in federal COVID-19 recovery funds to help schools test for lead and install filters. A conference committee Friday took the rare step of adding the policy into a bill that didn’t include it when it originally passed the House or Senate.
The Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t require public water systems to take action unless more than 10% of routine samples have 15 or more parts per billion of lead. Lead can leach into drinking water from aging lead pipes, especially if the water is corrosive.
President Joe Biden’s administration has pledged funds to remove the millions of lead service lines that remain in the ground more than 30 years after they were banned.
While the state of Missouri offers grants for schools to pay for water testing, there has never been a requirement to test. Many scientists and doctors agree that there is no safe level of lead a person, including a child, can ingest. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin that is especially harmful to children.
Side Effects of Ingesting Lead Via Tap Water
There are many side effects of ingesting lead, and surprisingly, the side effects can differ between adults and children.
Side Effects of Ingesting Lead in Adults
Decreased kidney function,
Increased blood pressure and chances of hypertension
Side Effects of Ingesting Lead in Children
Lower IQ and hyperactivity,
Behavioral problems and learning challenges,
The good news is that the majority of lead can be removed from your tap water via a reverse osmosis system. In fact, an RO system can remove up to 99.1% of lead in your tap water!
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