Tell the EPA to finalize strong standards for safe drinking water
Brian Maranan Pineda for NRDC
There is no safe level of lead. And yet, up to 22 million Americans and possibly more drink tap water served by lead pipes.
Lead harms the developing brain, making it especially dangerous for children and pregnant people. It can also cause fatal heart disease in adults.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently proposed regulations to help get lead out of drinking water.
We need the EPA to finalize strong regulations that ensure replacements of all lead pipes in no more than 10 years, including in disadvantaged communities and areas most impacted by this health crisis. We also must require water utilities to cover the costs, so we’re not putting that financial burden on low-income homeowners, and to protect renters whose landlords are unlikely to pay the cost of lead pipe replacement.
Tell the EPA to finalize strong regulations that will give everyone access to safer drinking water as quickly as possible.