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How can we assist schools and child care facilities in addressing lead in drinking water?

Wednesday, February 15, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laurie Dougherty
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Don't miss out on the Round Table Event - Monday at WATERCON.  It is an important conversation to have.  It will be held in the Sapphire Room and followed by a lunch. 

While public water supplies have been actively managing and monitoring to control corrosivity and reduce the potential to leach lead from plumbing under the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), recent events suggest that additional attention is appropriate for some school and child care facilities.  On January 16, 2017  Governor Rauner signed legislation making Illinois school and child care administrators are responsible for limiting lead exposure in their facilities, but water suppliers may be in a position to provide valuable assistance.  This session will review the new law and discuss how Illinois public water suppliers can communicate effectively about lead in drinking water, present the utility‚Äôs actions related to this issue, and assist school and day care administrators in assuring that the right measures are taken to protect public health. 

Roundtable Discussion Topics:

  • How can utility affirm commitment to public health? (i.e. initiate outreach via letter, meeting etc).
  • How can utility best demonstrate actions that have been taken to reduce lead at the tap in the community? (i.e. describe program to optimize corrosion control, monitoring program, compliance records, pertinent data)
  • What assistance can utility provide to assist schools and child care facilities?  (i.e. education, sampling plans, sampling, lab services)
  • What opportunities are there for collaboration? (I.e. reviewing results and possible control measures)

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