New Orleans’ Inspector General’s Office released a new report July 19th, calling on the city and Sewage & Water Board to support New Orleans residents. The report “recommends the city take specific steps to help residents protect themselves, like handing out water filters and developing incentive programs to help low-income families remove lead service pipes on their property.
“Lead is a neurotoxin that has been linked to impaired cognitive development and functioning in adults and children. Lead exposure is especially harmful to children and pregnant women.
Up until now, campaigns to curb lead exposure in New Orleans and nationwide have focused on dangerous lead contamination in soil and house paint. Still, the EPA estimates drinking water consumption accounts for up to 20 percent of lead exposure nationally.
How are New Orleans kids faring? The IG report says Orleans Parish in 2015 reported blood lead level test results for 6,963 children aged six and under, or only a quarter of that age group. The tests showed 11.2 percent of kids tested in New Orleans had blood lead levels at or greater than 5ppb, which the CDC has associated with diagnosis of attention-related behavioral problems and decreased cognitive performance.”
Even though water treatment plants are carefully regulated by the EPA, a lot can happen to water as it travels to your faucet. Tap water is dependent upon the condition of city infrastructure and your home’s plumbing. Asbestos, copper, brass, PVC, and lead, like in New Orleans, are all common plumbing materials that have all been linked to health disorders.
To learn more about the situation in New Orleans, take a look at the entire Times-Picayune article here: Should New Orleanians be concerned about lead in their tap water? New report says yes
New Orleans is the Nation
New Orleans is not alone in trying to solve this major public health issue. Cities around the US including Cincinnati, Denver, and Washington D.C. are all taking measures to ensure that city water is clean and safe. Measures include revamping pipe systems and alerting residents to potential danger. But, it takes time and resources to address complex infrastructure issues, and people need clean water right away.
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