Toolkit Gives Arizonans Know-How to “Get the Lead Out” of School Drinking Water

With “back to school” in full swing, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a free toolkit to help parents, guardians, teachers and administrators Get the Lead Out of school drinking water. 

Arizona PIRG Education Fund

With “back to school” in full swing, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a free toolkit to help parents, guardians, teachers and administrators Get the Lead Out of school drinking water. 

Diane E. Brown, Executive Director of the Arizona PIRG Education Fund said there is a “lack of accurate information on lead contamination in schools throughout our state.” Brown noted that although Arizona uses a stronger standard (15 parts per billion) than the federal government    (20 parts per billion), the current regulations are too weak to protect children. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund supports a one part per billion standard for lead in schools’ drinking water, which is also what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends.

 “Lead is a potent neurotoxin, affecting the way children learn, grow, and behave,” Brown added. “Children deserve safe drinking water. The Toolkit provides parents, teachers, and administrators with tools they need to ‘get the lead out’ at school.”

The Toolkit includes a factsheet, video, sample call-to-action materials and links to additional resources. The toolkit also answers technical questions such as how to evaluate test results and which solutions work best to prevent contamination.

As noted in the toolkit, most schools have fountains, solder, or other metal items that can leach lead into drinking water. Brown concluded, “currently documented cases of lead contamination are likely just the tip of the iceberg.”

In a report earlier this year, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund assigned Arizona a grade of “D” in addressing this threat to children’s health.

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Diane Brown

Executive Director, Arizona PIRG

Diane directs the policy and campaign priorities for Arizona PIRG. She helped lead members of the Coalition for Transportation Choices advocating for Proposition 104 in Phoenix—one of the boldest investments in public transportation passed in the nation. Diane is the recipient of recent awards from the Phoenix Business Journal, the League of Women Voters of Arizona and the Arizona League of Conservation Voters. Diane was previously the executive director of Illinois PIRG, and an assistant organizing director with the Student PIRGs.

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