In recent times, many people in the United States have become aware of the challenges surrounding lead in schools. Most importantly awareness has piqued around the lead concentration in school water supplies that our children drink from, use to wash their hands and much more. According to a recent article written by Maggie Fox of NBC News, more than forty percent of schools that participated in lead testing found one or more water samples that were above recommended lead concentration levels. This means that millions of American children are exposed to lead at unsafe levels each day when they are at school.
The challenge we face is that there are no strict policies for lead testing across the United States. There is certainly more awareness around the lead issues that exist in our aging infrastructure. Now we need to act to find resolutions. When it comes to schools, many with known lead or other water issues are implementing solutions to provide safer water for students. However, according to Maggie Fox’s article, the Government Accountability Office found that nearly forty one percent of school districts in the United States have not tested their water supplies for lead within the last year. Many children across the United States could be exposed to lead and other contaminants, and the schools are unaware of whether they do or do not have lead levels above the recommended threshold.
As we know, there are always going to be hurdles when it comes to implementing nationwide and even statewide policies for testing in schools. Rather than sit back and wait, let’s look for alternative solutions. First and foremost take a moment to understand the risk factors. This guide from the EPA does an excellent job laying out the possible problem areas that exist in schools and other facilities. At Kinetico Incorporated, we engineer industry-leading reverse osmosis systems that significantly reduce lead and other contaminants in water. We suggest that schools look for water treatment options like reverse osmosis to prevent their students from exposure. According to the CDC, reverse osmosis systems will use a 0.0001 micron filter. Filters with this pore size effectively reject 94-96% of lead. Sure there are costs involved when investing in new resources, but no price can be put on the health of our children.
If your child(ren)’s school has not had its water tested for lead and other substances, encourage testing by water professionals. If their school has been tested for lead and other contaminants, ask questions to learn if there were any concerns. If lead or other substances were found at elevated levels, ask what the school’s water treatment plans are. There are many available solutions that can be implemented quickly to provide your children and all the other students with safe, great-tasting drinking water. We’d love it if the solution is from Kinetico, but the most important thing is that a treatment plan is put into action.