The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the ( insert name of School, Water System, Business,or Mobile Home Park ) , are concerned about lead in your drinking water. Although most homes and buildings have very low levels of lead in their drinking water, some (homes in this community, or taps in this building) have lead levels above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.015 milligrams of lead per liter of water (mg/l). Under Federal law we are required to have a program in place to minimize lead in your drinking water by December 31, 1997. This program includes corrosion control treatment, source water treatment, and public education. We are also required to replace each lead service line that we control if the line contributes lead concentrations of more than 15 ppb after we have completed the comprehensive treatment program. If you have any questions about how we are carrying out the requirements of the lead regulation please contact the above water system at ( insert phone number ) . This material explains the simple steps you can take to protect you and your family by reducing your exposure to lead in drinking water.
HEALTH EFFECTS OF LEAD
Lead is a common metal found throughout the environmental in lead-based paint, air, soil, household dust, food, certain types of pottery, porcelain, and pewter, and water. Lead can pose a significant risk to your health if too much of it enters your body. Lead builds up in the body over many years and can cause damage to the brain, red blood cells and kidneys. The greatest risk is to young children (under age 6) and pregnant women and their fetuses. Amounts of lead that won't hurt adults can slow down normal mental and physical development of growing bodies. In addition, a child at play often comes into contact with sources of lead contamination --- like dirt and dust --- that rarely affect an adult. If a child puts dirty fingers into his or her mouth (as most children do) some lead may be absorbed into the child's system. It is important to wash children's hands and toys often, and to try to make sure they only put food into their mouths.
STEPS YOU CAN TAKE IN THE HOME OR WORK FACILITY TO REDUCE YOUR EXPOSURE TO LEAD IN DRINKING WATER
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: LEAD IN DRINKING WATER
SOME HOMES IN THIS COMMUNITY HAVE ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS IN THEIR DRINKING WATER. LEAD CAN POSE A SIGNIFICANT RISK TO YOUR HEALTH. PLEASE READ THE ENCLOSED NOTICE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.
(Developed by the Exeter, West Greenwich, RI Consolidate School District)
To the Students, Families and Staff of: (insert school name) .
Our school administration has recently learned that samples from some water taps, (taken after water was left in the system for a minimum holding time of six hours), at our school had lead levels that failed Environmental Protection Agency action level. The administration takes these results seriously and is moving immediately to safeguard the health of the students, faculty and staff. You should also note that these results are not uncommon and may well exist in your own home. The following information describes steps we are taking that can also be taken at home to address the issue of lead and copper in the water.
WHAT WE ARE REQUIRED TO DO:
1. Implement a public information process that includes distribution of the enclosed required material.
2. Submit an evaluation and treatment recommendation to the Drinking Water Program.
3. Provide certification that state-approved treatment has been installed
WHAT WE HAVE DONE ALREADY:
1. Immediately implemented a flushing and water usage plan to safeguard against lead exposure in school. This includes the daily flushing of water fountains and sinks and the limitation of water consumption to cold water faucets.
2. Conducted follow-up water testing so that a treatment plan can be developed, approved, and implemented.
3. Provided this public education information, including a brief paragraph on where lead is found in drinking water.
WHAT WE WILL BE DOING:
1. The school administration will develop and put into place a treatment plan as quickly as possible and will conduct follow-up tests that will characterize the corrosivity, or aggressiveness of our water.
2. Through periodic reports, keep you informed as to the progress of our efforts. These reports will serve to let you know what has been done and what is being done to safeguard against lead exposure at school.
A REMINDER: The water system at school is not unlike those found in area homes. Please read the enclosed material and consider having your own water tested.
To have your water tested for lead, or to get more information about this public health concern, please call (insert number of town, city or water system).
If present, elevated levels of lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children. Lead in drinking water is primarily from materials and components associated with service lines and home plumbing. [NAME OF UTILITY] is responsible for providing high quality drinking water, but cannot control the variety of materials used in plumbing components. When your water has been sitting for several hours, you can minimize the potential for lead exposure by flushing your tap for 30 seconds to 2 minutes before using water for drinking or cooking. If you are concerned about lead in your water, you may wish to have your water tested. Information on lead in drinking water, testing methods, and steps you can take to minimize exposure is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline or at http://www.epa.gov/safewater/lead.