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Lead in Drinking Water: The Science and Public Health Safeguards
July 10 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Join the Collaborative on Health and the Environment on July 10, 2019 at 10am Pacific / 1pm Eastern to learn about the science behind sources of lead contamination in drinking water, the health effects, and current public health safeguards to reduce harmful exposures.
During this webinar Dr. Yanna Lambrinidou will discuss the scientific and historical basis behind gaps in the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation that was enacted in 1991 to protect tap water users from exposures to lead in drinking water. Elin Betanzo will then give an overview of how Michigan state recently revised their LCR to overcome several of the weaknesses in the federal rule. She will also highlight the science behind sources of lead contamination in drinking water and will explain how the new provisions of the Michigan LCR will reduce harmful exposure. Dr. Nancy Love will discuss her research of how microbial opportunistic pathogens colonize ACB-PoU filters designed for household use. She will give some background and then highlight the known and unknown science around water quality issues that may occur through use of these devices. Dr. Love will also talk about strategies that can be used to enhance ACB-PoU performance and water quality. Outcomes from her work suggests that conventional dogma about water quality coming from ACB-PoU filters needs to be reconsidered, especially in communities with aging infrastructure, high water ages, and populations with elevated health disparities.