Thursday, February 15, 2018

Oakland California: Calling for Safe Water in Taps

 

East Bay Times "It could cost Oakland schools 

$38 million to fix lead contamination"


OAKLAND — Oakland Unified estimates it will cost $38 million to address high lead levels in water taps at its schools.
Excerpts from the article
"...Advocates have urged the district to go beyond the federal guidelines and replace fixtures that have lead levels exceeding one part per billion. The American Academy of Pediatrics has deemed fixtures with any more than one part per billion of lead to be dangerous for children. Oakland pediatrician Dr. Noemi Spinazzi, at a press conference in November, said lead “mimics iron and calcium, which growing children need.” Children’s bodies can absorb a lot of lead, which stores in the bones, liver, blood and brain. It can lead to anemia, poor growth, fatigue, learning difficulties and even lower IQ levels and developmental delays, she said.
Jason Pfeifle, a health advocate for consumer group CalPIRG, delivered a petition to the school board at its Jan. 24 meeting signed by more than 1,000 people urging the district to adopt a policy that would require every water tap in the school district to be tested and for the district to not allow more than one part per billion of lead in the taps.
“Lead is extremely harmful to children’s health. Even small exposures to lead can do permanent damage to their cognitive development,” Pfeifle said at the meeting." 

New PGCPS Tests Find Endemic Lead in School Water Supply!

Sadly, PGCPS has released even more lead tests in 2018 and they show many school water taps that have high lead levels. This is unacceptable.

IMMEDIATE ACTION IS NEEDED
All water should be turned off, until it is proven that the water is lead free by testing. More schools are untested and have contaminated water. Yet the taps are still on.

Any taps with lead levels should be turned off. The county is stating they will keep eater sources that have a 10 ppt and only fix those with a lead level above 10 ppb. That is not safe. Why are they allowing so much lead in the water?

Examples of some super high lead levels.

1570 ppb in Clinton Grove Elementary School!!!!!!!!

Clinton Grove Elementary (CGES)
CGESTPR200A
5/4/2017
CGESTPR200A
1570
Hollywood Elementary (HOES)
HOESMUSA
5/16/2017
HOESMUSA
15.1
6.2
Howard B. Owens Science Center (HBSC)
HBSCHW108UA
5/6/2017
HBSCHW108UA
121
397
Howard B. Owens Science Center (HBSC)
HBSCHW205A
5/6/2017
HBSCHW205A
4810
2890
Judith P. Hoyer Montessori @ Oakcrest (OCJH)
OCJHCR011A
9/20/2017
OCJHCR011A
80.7
14.3
Oaklands Elementary (OKES)
OKESCR022A
5/13/2017
OKESCR022A
545
17.4
Oaklands Elementary (OKES)
OKESCR021A
5/13/2017
OKESCR021A
111
10.3
Waldon Woods Elementary (WWES)
WWESKT200A
11/4/2017
WWESKT200A
118
1.6
Oxon Hill Elementary (OHES)
OHESCRKAA
5/6/2017
OHESCRKAA
86.1
5.4
Oxon Hill Elementary (OHES)
OHESCRKBA
5/6/2017
OHESCRKBA
132
2.1
Princeton Elementary (PCES)
PCESCR104A
10/7/2017
PCESCR104A
829
39.5
Princeton Elementary (PCES)
PCESCR106A
10/7/2017
PCESCR106A
6.6
Princeton Elementary (PCES)
PCESCR107A
10/7/2017
PCESCR107A
47.5
1.8
Princeton Elementary (PCES)
PCESCR108A
10/7/2017
PCESCR108A
408
91.9 
Princeton Elementary (PCES)
PCESLIBA
10/7/2017
PCESLIBA
176
19.1
John E. Howard ES (JEHS)
JEHSCR011B
5/9/2017
JEHSCR011B
3220
57.6 
John E. Howard ES (JEHS)
JEHSCR002B
5/9/2017
JEHSCR002B
2570
40.8


See the new lead tests here.
Water Testing Results January 16, 2018

The January tests reveal that these schools have harmful brain damaging lead in the water.
Seat Pleasant Elementary, Walker Middle, Whitehall Elementary, Marlton Elementary, Lamont, Imagine Foundation, Concord, Foote, Calverton, Bond Hill, Barnaby Manor, Accokeek Academy, Bowie High ,Kettering, Martin Luther King Junior, Oaklands Elem, Potomac High, Vansville,  has very high lead levels AND MORE

When you read these tests pleas note that "first draw" number indicates that the first test found lead is in the system. The second draw might be lower but that does not mean the water is safe by any means. Large chunks or small chunks can come off anytime. This means the water is NOT safe.
The only safe level of lead is ZERO.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Springhill Lake, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Berwyn Heights and Dora Kennedy: High Lead in The Water of PGCPS Schools

Do NOT  Drink The Water Unless The Number Is at 0.
Recent tests of the water in PGCPS schools show dangerously high lead levels in Prince George's County School Water. Anything over 1 means there is lead in the water.

There is no safe level of lead. PGCPS is making a huge mistake in stating that their limit for lead in water is 10 ppb. We have no idea how or why they came up with this. The only safe lead level is zero.

As you can see from these tests from Springhill Lake, Eleanor Roosevelt High School,  Berwyn Heights and Dora Kennedy there is lead in the water. 


See the water quality tests here
Springhill Lake, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Berwyn Heights and Dora Kennedy Lead in PGCPS Schools by Safe Tech For Schools on Scribd
See the November Water tests posted by the county here

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

WJLA Airs Investigatie Report on Lead in PGCPS School Water Fountains

Watch Scott Taylor of WJLA report on lead in water contamination at PGCPS and other Montgomery County Schools.
What can parents do?
1. Call for 0 ppt as the allowable lead limit in schools.
2. Call for the county to prioritize this issue and get expert help on how to address this problem.
3. Inform the parents. Stop making it seem like the county is ensuring safe water when they are not.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday Night at 11:00 WLJA News Report on Lead in PGCPS Water Fountains

Monday Night at 11:00 WLJA News Report on Lead in PGCPS Water Fountains 

I am thankful to share that on Monday night WJLA with Investigative Reporter Scott Taylor will run a major report on the lead contamination in PG County School water fountains. 

So far the county has failed to adequately address the issue. They are still allowing unsafe levels of lead in the water. They have NOT informed parents or staff of the serious issue at hand and are minimizing the situation. They are presenting information that makes it seem like they are addressing it when in reality they are NOT dealing with the lead levels. 


What Level of Lead is SAFE in Classroom Water Fountains? Prince George's County Public Schools and the EPA Differ

Prince George's County Water is Not Safe.
Q: What do our health agencies say about what a safe level of lead is in our water?

A: The EPA and the CDC  state there is no safe level and 0 ppb is the health standard. This means only 0 ppt is safe. However current regulations do not enforce this health based standard. Instead the only law we have states that schools need to be under 20 ppt and water to homes needs to be 15ppb  and under . These 25 year old regulations do  not ensure safety for our school children.

0 ppb: EPA Health Limit- Maximum Contaminant Level Goal- A Health Standard- for Lead in Water Limit
Read it here EPA DRINKING WATER STANDARDS AND HEALTH ADVISORIES TABLE https://www3.epa.gov/region9/water/drinking/files/dwshat-v09.pdf


References:
20-5000 ppb: Prince George’s County Fountains were turned off 2009- 2011 with these lead levels.


20 ppb: EPA Recommends School Water Fountains Be Taken Out of Service at this level.
Read it here
EPA: 3Ts for Reducing Lead in in Schools


15-20 ppb: Prince George’s County Public Schools considers this “safe. ”
PGCPS has not been clear if they turned off fountains at 15 or 20 ppb but fountains with levels under 15 remained on.
  • In a 2016 letter PGCPS wrote   stating that they were using the EPA action level of 15 ppb. In yet another letter they wrote stating they were using the action letter of 20 ppb. I have that detailed in full here.  So we do not know which lead contaminant action level they  been using for the last half decade? 15 or 20 ppb? In the most recent 2017 statement they wrote that in 2004  “2,516 (approximately 90%) found to be at or above the 20 parts per billion (ppb) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level” and that “through follow-up quality control sampling, 87 fixtures were immediately remediated, retested and cleared for use” . The statement also states that in 2009 “5,238 (approximately 30%) found to be at or above the 20 ppb EPA action level and “Exempt fixtures, including hose bibs, lavatory faucets and custodial utility sinks, were removed from the total number of fixtures that tested above action level.” and “Fixtures that tested above EPA-recommended levels were taken out of service”. So it seems like the action level used by PGCPS was in fact- 20 ppb.


15 ppb: EPA 1991  Lead in Water Limit set over 25 years ago in 1991 for corrosion control- NOT a health standard. Read it here https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P10058C5.txt


10 ppb: Prince George’s County Public Schools will ensure all new school construction is below this level in 2017 statement.
  • The PGCPS water quality page states that “During the construction of new schools, the water will be tested at the property line and from all drinking water sources. Any water that tests above 10 parts per billion (ppb) will be remediated.


5 ppb: FDA limit for amount of lead allowed in bottled water.


Washington DC Public Schools Lead in Water Limit Read Washington Post article on DC Schools here. http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/news/article/20782859/dc-tested-public-schools-water-for-lead-more-than-60-had-high-levels


1 ppb: American Academy of Pediatrics Recommends below  1 ppb for Schools.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Report on prevention of Lead Toxicity states "state and local governments should take steps to ensure water fountains in schools do not exceed water lead concentrations of 1ppb." Please download the AAP report by clicking here


0 ppb: EPA  Maximum Contaminant Level Goal- A Health Standard- for Lead in Water Limit
Read it here EPA DRINKING WATER STANDARDS AND HEALTH ADVISORIES TABLE https://www3.epa.gov/region9/water/drinking/files/dwshat-v09.pdf


“Exposure to even low levels of lead can cause low IQ, hearing impairment, reduced attention span, and poor classroom performance.”