211153 Public health agency response to lead-contaminated drinking water

Monday, November 9, 2009: 4:48 PM

Ralph Scott , Parents fot Nontoxic Alternatives, Washington, DC
This presentation will address lead in drinking water in the context of public health agencies' policies and practices for responding to and preventing childhood lead poisoning, as well as relevant guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides or should provide to state and local lead poisoning programs. The presentation will look at why lead-contaminated drinking water is often overlooked as a potentially significant exposure source. The CDC's current shift toward promoting a holistic approach to preventing disease and injuries from hazards in the home provides a new opportunity for public health agencies to incorporate lead-in-water testing in their environmental risk assessments at the homes of children with elevated blood lead levels and to more intensively monitor water lead levels in their jurisdictions. The presentation also will discuss what some US cities and states have already done to address drinking water as a potential lead exposure source and practical steps that other jurisdictions could take to address this issue.

Learning Objectives:
1. Assess the reasons why drinking water is usually disregarded by public health agencies as an important lead exposure source for children. 3. Compare what a few cities and states are doing to address drinking water as a potential lead exposure source to typical public health agency practices. 3. Formulate a set of practical set of policies and procedures that more state and local jurisdictions and CDC might adopt to address this problem.

Keywords: Lead, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in advocacy regarding public health agency policies and practices to address lead-contaminated drinking water in Washington, DC, and nationally during the past 16 months.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.