Article courtesy of MacKenzie Elmer | December 17th, 2016 | Des Moines Register | Shared as educational material.
More than 6,000 Iowa residents may have been exposed to drinking water with high levels of lead contamination. Lead can cause irreversible brain damage, lowered IQ, behavioral problems, and language delays, especially in children. Current national regulations do not require smaller water systems to continually protect against pipe corrosion, putting some rural communities at risk. In addition, current regulations do not require smaller systems to have fully trained operators, and the number of Iowa systems that either doesn’t have a properly trained operate or an operator at all is 27. On November 30, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency indicated that it will revisit its lead rules. Read more here.