June 21, 2016
This article reports the adoption of Washington DC’s new lead testing policy, announced by Deputy City Administrator Kevin Donahue on June 21, 2016. Following the discovery of lead in the water of a few DC schools and libraries, the district’s government has opted to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics policy recommendation (see AAP Policy Statement) of a 1 part per billion (ppb) action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in District of Columbia Public Schools and Department of Parks and Recreation centers. This new standard is grounded in medical evidence that no amount of lead exposure is safe for children. District officials also plan to install filters on all drinking water sources at public schools, libraries, and rec centers.