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LEAD IN SCHOOL WATER IS POISONING CHILDREN

According to a study in the journal Pediatrics, 1.2 million kids in the U.S. suffer from lead poisoning.

One in five of them--that's 240,000 kids--got it from contaminated water.

Where do kids spend most of their time, and drink most of their water? At school.

The lead isn't coming from the municipal water supply. It leeches in from aging pipes, like those in school buildings.

The ravages of lead poisoning are well documented: low IQ, behavior problems, slowed development.

Schools are especially susceptible to lead in the water for two reasons. First, they have longer water service lines because schools are often situated well off roadways. Second, prolonged periods of inactivity in the evenings, on weekends, and during summer months give lead more time to leech into water standing in the pipes.

potential lead sources in school drinking water

Many of us think that lead poisoning is a relic from the post, but until 2011 plumbing pipes were still allowed to contain 8 percent lead. prior to 1986, no restriction were in place

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